Dark painting by Constable of the ruins of Netley Abbey, on the coast near Southampton, at moonlight. This watercolour painting was based on a sketch from Constable's honeymoon.
Netley Abbey by Moonlight
14.6 x 20 cm
Watercolour and pencil on paper
Date of work
Original: Watercolour and pencil on paper. Support: 146 x 200 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. Constable lectured on landscape painting at the Hampstead Literary and Scientific Society in 1830 and at the Royal Institution in 1836.