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Taster talk: Constable’s sketches


  • 11 June 2019, 5 — 5.15pm
  • 5 July 2019, 5 — 5.15pm
  • 25 July 2019, 5 — 5.15pm
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John Constable RA, Cloud Study, Hampstead, Tree at Right, 11 September 1821 (detail), 1821.

Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer: John Hammond.

Oil on paper laid on board, red ground. 29.9 x 24.1 cm.

Drop in for a free 15-minute talk to unearth the hidden stories of the Royal Academy.

John Constable RA made hundreds of rapid oil sketches directly from nature, often recording fleeting moments of clouds, rainstorms or the fall of light on water in his pursuit to become a ‘natural’ painter. The size of his studies were often prescribed by the size of his sketching paint box. As he explained to his friend John Fisher, he was sending some sketches that “were done in the lid of my box on my knees as usual”.

In this series of taster talks, encounter the stories behind the RA’s Collection and its buildings from the perspective of RA staff.

Taster talks are free and last 15 minutes. Ask a member of the team on site for further information.

● Fully booked

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  • 11 June 2019, 5 — 5.15pm
  • 5 July 2019, 5 — 5.15pm
  • 25 July 2019, 5 — 5.15pm

The Collection Gallery, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

Free, no booking required.