Hampstead Heath with Bathers

John Constable British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 808

Constable painted in the open spaces of then-rural Hampstead in order to escape London's intense summer heat. This is one of about one hundred sketches he made there in 1821–22, in which he attempted to convey specific atmospheric effects. On the back of the painting he noted: "July—noon—Hampstead Heath—looking north—wind south east." Constable referred to the practice of painting these works as "skying," although he often included a strip of land to contribute a sense of scale and depth.

Hampstead Heath with Bathers, John Constable (British, East Bergholt 1776–1837 Hampstead), Oil on canvas

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