John Constable, a prominent English Romantic painter, created multiple oil studies featuring views from Hampstead Heath towards Harrow. One of these studies painted in 1821 depicts the town of Harrow on the extreme right. This painting is part of a group that was given to the nation by the artist’s daughter, Isabel Constable, in 1887.
Constable purchased a house located in Hampstead in 1819 and spent time there with his family. He was known for his landscape paintings which showcase realistic depictions of the natural world through changing light effects and weather. Additionally, he mainly focused on landscapes surrounding his home called “Constable Country.”
The artwork titled “Hampstead Heath, Looking Towards Harrow” portrays another example of Constable’s love for nature and how it influenced his approach to painting landscapes. This painting provides an excellent opportunity to marvel at one painter’s technique while also enjoying nature’s beauty.