Striking coastal seascape of Chain Pier in Brighton, Sussex. Constable's busy painting shows sailors preaparing the ships and boats in the choppy waters.
Chain Pier, Brighton
127 x 182.9 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Along with Turner, John Constable is recognized as the greatest English landscape painter of the 19th century. Constable entered the RA schools in 1799 and first exhibited in 1802. He had an eye for the picturesque through studying J. T. Smith and Gainsborough. Born in Suffolk, the son of a miller. He has been characterised as having painted only the places he knew intimately and he continued to paint scenes of Suffolk after he settled in London in 1816. Constable lectured on landscape painting at the Hampstead Literary and Scientific Society in 1830 and at the Royal Institution in 1836.