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John Constable (1776-1837), Stonehenge
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How a particular place has been depicted by different artists can reveal as much about the time and culture the artist lived in as it does the place being depicted. The great prehistoric British monument of Stonehenge is no exception. These two images of Stonehenge were made by two famous artists, one English and one Japanese.

John Constable visited Stonehenge in 1820, where he made a sketch that he eventually worked up into a large watercolour. This watercolour over black chalk represents a middle stage in the process and is squared for transfer to a larger sheet. The finished work (now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London) was captioned: ‘the mysterious monument… standing remote on a bare and boundless heath, as much unconnected with the events of the past as it is with the uses of the present, carries you back beyond all historical records into the obscurity of a totally unknown period.

John Constable (1776-1837), Stonehenge


From Wiltshire, England, AD 1820-35
Ht 16.8 cm
Gift of Miss Isabel Constable



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