John Constable / Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead / c. 1828John Constable
Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead
c. 1828

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Creator Name: Constable, John
Creator Nationality: European; British
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1776 - 1837
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: John Constable
Title: Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1826
Creation End Date: 1830
Creation Date: c. 1828
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 60.8cm x 79.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1972.48
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Context: Hampstead Heath is a hilly expanse of land on the northern edge of London. Attracted by its dramatic views and rapidly changing weather conditions, Constable frequently sketched and painted there and, around 1827, made the Heath his permanent home. This particular view, looking past a steep hill to Branch Hill Pond, was one of his favorite compositions.Integral to Constable's understanding of familiar places are the workers of the land: farmers tending their animals, but more important, laborers dredging sand and gravel to be used in construction. In Constable's view, the emotional power of landscape painting depends as much on such figures as on the shifting light through the clouds.This work is a variant of a painting shown at the Royal Academy in 1828; both derive from an oil sketch of 1819.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1972.48
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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