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National Portrait Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Constable Portraits: The Painter and His Circle
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE
United Kingdom


March 5th, 2009 - June 14th, 2009
 
Mary Freer, John ConstableJohn Constable, Mary Freer, 1809
© Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection Photograph: Richard Caspole, Yale Center for British Art
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John Constable (1776–1837) is celebrated as one of England’s greatest landscape artists but he also excelled in capturing likenesses and personalities. Spanning thirty years and featuring over fifty works, this exhibition will for the first time focus on his portraits and the insights they offer into Constable’s environment and influences.

Images of the artist himself are shown alongside paintings and drawings of friends and family, including touching and intimate portraits of his wife and children. To set the scene the works are interspersed with Constable’s beautiful landscape paintings of the areas surrounding his homes.

Constable’s commissioned work vividly depicts the provincial middle and upper classes including clergymen, landed gentry and families made wealthy through trade.

Direct and freshly observed, Constable’s portraits are unique in early nineteenth-century British art and collectively they provide a fascinating study of his life and work.


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