John Constable Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead Heath, with a Boy Sitting on a Bank c.1825

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Artist
John Constable 1776–1837
Title
Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead Heath, with a Boy Sitting on a Bank
Date c.1825
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 333 x 502 mm
frame: 579 x 747 x 105 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Henry Vaughan 1900
Reference
N01813
Not on display

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By the early nineteenth century the open landscape of Hampstead Heath, north of London, was increasingly appreciated as a refuge from the ever more crowded and polluted city. This is one of many views
of the Heath that Constable painted.
His picture revels in the wildness of the landscape, both in the choice of scene and in the freedom of his painting style.
It was created for his friend, the actor
Jack Bannister, who, the artist reported, wanted a landscape in which he could 'feel the wind blowing on his face'.

September 2004

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