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
John CONSTABLE | The Castle Rock, Borrowdale

Great Britain 1776 – 1837
The Castle Rock, Borrowdale 1806
watercolour and charcoal
26.8 (h) x 36.3 (w) cm
Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, purchased with Harold Beauchamp Collection Funds in 1957 (1957-0016-9)
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The range of images that Constable drew and painted in the Lake District shows his response to the landscape and to the rich variety of scenery, and suggests that he did not just paint what was readily available, but engaged in a voyage of discovery. In his biography of Constable, Andrew Shirley noted:

My belief is that at this task Constable developed a natural perception of the structure of the earth, and, with a foretaste  of his later passion for geology, began to anatomize landscape much as he was studying the science of the skies. In fact, he had built up a much larger store of knowledge in that wet autumn than he knew (Shirley 1949, p. 72).

Shirley suggested that in these works Constable was interested in conveying the underlying structure of the natural forms – an interest that would continue in his later work.

Constable made another drawing in this area, which is dated  19 September (R 06.197).

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