Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Road to the Spaniards, Hampstead

Road to the Spaniards, Hampstead

John Constable, English, 1776 - 1837

Made in Great Britain, Europe


Oil on paper mounted on canvas

12 1/8 × 20 1/8 inches (30.8 × 51.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 292, European Art 1500-1850, second floor (Haas Gallery)

Accession Number:
Cat. 858

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Among the aspects of Jacob van Ruisdael's work that interested Constable was the Dutch painter's frequent use of a low horizon line. In 1819, Constable measured the proportion of land to sky in several Dutch landscapes in a London exhibition. In this view of Hampstead Heath, the main subject is the sky and its looming storm clouds. Unlike Ruisdael's sweeping, panoramic compositions, Constable here has chosen to emphasize the rising, moundlike shape of the land.

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