Art on show in Brighton and Hove & East and West Sussex
Constable at Petworth exhibition at Petworth House, 11 January – 14 March 2014. Over 40 outstanding watercolours and drawings created in and around Petworth by the great British landscape artist, John Constable. Many of the works on show were produced during Constable’s visits to the house in 1834 and have never before been exhibited as a group.
Although Constable is principally known as a revolutionary exponent of oil painting, Constable at Petworth reveals that later in life he was also a master of the watercolour medium.
Highlights include rarely seen views of the house, park and nearby picturesque villages such as Tillington and Bignor. While in West Sussex, Constable was also drawn to popular attractions including Chichester Cathedral, Cowdray House and Arundel Castle. This extraordinary group of works are mainly on loan from the V&A and the British Museum.
Constable was influenced by earlier painters and alongside the exhibition in Petworth’s modern exhibition room, visitors will see two showrooms in the house – famously described by Constable as ‘that house of art’ – redisplayed to showcase paintings which the artist would have enjoyed while a guest in the great mansion. Clearly enthralled, he wrote ‘I have thought of nothing since but that vast house and its contents’.
Also open, by guided tour, will be the old library which is not normally accessible to visitors and was used by major artists of the early 19th century.
Following the high demand for Turner’s Sussex tickets earlier this year, advance booking is advised.
Booking is essential, call 0844 249 1895 or book online.
Adults £12, Child £6 (prices include NT members).