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Sketch for 'Hadleigh Castle'

Photo credit: Tate

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This is a full-size oil sketch for the painting now in the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art. Constable submitted the finished work to the Royal Academy exhibition in 1829, the year in which he was elected an Academician. He began painting six-foot canvases in 1818, in emulation of the works of the past masters of landscape such as Claude, Poussin and Rubens. He saw these large pictures as a means to gain further recognition as an artist, and to elevate what many considered the mundane subject matter of rural scenery. Unable to paint from nature on this scale, he turned increasingly to invention, and these large studio sketches enabled him to work out the compositional problems he was encountering in the preparation of his exhibition pieces.

Tate Britain

London


Date

c.1828–9

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 122.6 x W 167.3 cm

Accession number

N04810

Acquisition method

Purchased 1935

Work type

Painting


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