John Constable's coastal seascape of a lighthouse in Harwich, Essex with light blue beautiful skies above. Figures and ships are seen in the distance.
32.7 x 50.2 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
? exhibited 1820
Original: Oil on canvas. Support: 327 x 502 mm ® Tate, London
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.