John Constable's stormy coastal seascape near Brighton in Sussex. Clouds dominate the image and the rest is mostly waves, with just a few boats in the distance.
The Sea near Brighton
17.5 x 23.8 cm
Oil on paper laid on card
Date of work
Original: Oil on paper laid on card. Support: 175 x 238 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.