John Constable (1776–1837) is one of England’s most celebrated and best-loved landscape painters. Together with J.M.W. Turner, Constable revolutionised the range and status of British landscape painting in the nineteenth century. In contrast to Turner, an inveterate traveller whose subject-matter embraced large stretches of Britain and continental Europe, Constable concentrated on painting places closely associated with his life. His famous pictures feature locations in Suffolk where he was born and raised and Salisbury, Hampstead and Brighton, areas where friends and family lived, which he visited regularly.

This exhibition takes as its guiding theme the powerful inspiration Constable took for his art from these locations and shows how it gradually matured – and became enriched, through his abiding engagement with landscapes holding deeply personal associations.
The exhibition also incorporates artwork by Constable’s contemporaries, and in many cases competitors. Paintings by Turner, John Linnell, Benjamin West and others are interwoven throughout the show to provide context to Constable’s work and demonstrate how other artists were depicting their own local landscapes contemporaneously.

Tate has one of the most important collections of Constable’s work in the world, covering the full chronological span of his output. His powerful late works are especially well represented in Tate’s collection.
The works on show range from the smallest of Constable’s rapidly painted en plein air sketches to the largest of his elaborate and famous landscapes. The exhibition also includes examples of the artist’s small to mid-scale ‘cabinet’ pictures, drawings, watercolours and engravings.

Organised in cooperation with Tate


1 July > 9 October 2022