John Constable (1776 – 1837) transformed the way we see the English landscape. Our rich collection of works by Constable ranges from drawings made directly from nature, to oil paintings that demonstrate the inventiveness and vitality for which he is renowned. Highlights include the full-scale preparatory sketch for 'The Hay Wain'.Read more Read less
John Constable's work transformed the genre of landscape painting and shaped the enduring popular image of the English countryside
Find out how and why Constable created his sketches and studies, celebrated as showing 'nature caught in the very act'
Take a closer look at the techniques used by Constable in his later works
Find out how a previously unrecorded oil sketch by John Constable was discovered by V&A experts