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Constable's great landscapes: materials and techniques used in oils 1820-30s Sarah Cove Wednesday 20 June 2018

Constable’s famous ‘six-footers’ include some of his most well-loved paintings: The White Horse (1819), The Haywain (1821), The Leaping Horse (1825) and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831). Their compositions were derived from small pencil and oil studies and for each Constable painted a full-size sketch. These sketches are extraordinary creations for the early 19th century and were unseen by all but his closest friends during his lifetime. Based on extensive technical research for a detailed catalogue essay for the ‘Constable: The Great Landscapes’ exhibition, at Tate Britain in 2006, this lecture discusses Constable’s diverse painting methods and brings to life his dynamic personality and artistic temperament, revealing a ‘Jackson Pollock of the 1830s’. It is illustrated with Sarah’s own highly detailed, colour slides taken during studio examinations of the paintings in preparation for the Tate exhibition.