John ConstableHarwich Lighthouse ?exhibited 1820

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Artist
John Constable (1776‑1837)
Title
Harwich Lighthouse
Date ?exhibited 1820
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 327 x 502 mm frame: 521 x 699 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Miss Isabel Constable as the gift of Maria Louisa, Isabel and Lionel Bicknell Constable 1888
Reference
N01276
Not on display

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Constable painted at least three versions of this composition, one of which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1820. The lighthouse, known as the Low Lighthouse, was one of two at Harwich. Both were leased at the time by Constable's friend and patron, Major-General Slater-Rebow of Wivenhoe Park.

 

These small-scale coastal subjects
in the Dutch manner were popular with collectors. A few years later Constable painted a composition of Yarmouth Jetty (displayed nearby) on the same format,
and even used the same sky. He also
made several versions of this composition.

 

August 2004

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