DETAIL: John CONSTABLE,  Great Britain 1776 � 1837  'Harwich Lighthouse' c.1820 oil on canvas Tate, London, gift of Maria Louisa Constable, Isabel Constable and Lionel Bicknell Constable in 1888 Tate, London 2005

Learning resource

John Constable, one of the greatest British landscape painters, was born in 1776 and died in 1837. The exhibition Constable: impressions of land, sea and sky traces his development as an artist; demonstrates his close bond with the English countryside, where he was born and raised; and, most importantly, examines the unique way Constable worked. The role of sketching from nature and how his constant reference to these sketches enabled him to capture light, movement and atmospheric conditions in his finished works is examined in depth in this education resource.

The learning resource has been designed to prepare students for a visit to the exhibition. It contains:

  • seventeen images from the exhibition and five subsidiary images – each image is equipped with an interactive zoom, enabling viewers to examine works in great detail
  • audio tracks and texts relating to each image
  • activities, questions, discussion points and further information related to the images, to test comprehension or extend awareness
  • a printable version of this interactive education resource and a biography.

    Files containing the printable education resource can be found within a folder called 'PRINTABLE_KIT', within the main download or as separate downloads obtainable via the links below. The printable education resource is provided in Adobe PDF and Adobe Flash Paper formats. Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player are required to view the respective versions of the printable resource. Both be downloaded via their respective links below.
  • Download complete education resource (95 MB)
  • Download Adobe PDF version (14.2 MB)
  • Download Adobe Flash Paper version (5 MB)

Education resource instructions:
After the download is complete, extract files from the zip archive and launch the interactive by double clicking on either CONSTABLE_win.exe file (Windows users) or CONSTABLE_mac file (Apple Mac users).

A free CDROM version of the resouce can be requested by emailing your postal address and contact details to (limited quantities available). The CDROM is designed to operate on CDROM drive speeds of 24x or greater and on late model computer hardware. In order to gain the most from the interactive it is highly recomended that you copy all files from the CDROM to your computers's hard drive prior to running the interactive.

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