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John Constable Gets A Blue Plaque

Last Friday the great-great-grandson of the famous artist John Constable, Richard Constable unveiled a blue plaque to his illustrious ancestor in Sillwood Road Brighton, at 1pm, at the artist’s former home.

Written by Chris White

In attendance was the City’s woman mayor Councillor Denise Cobb and a part of special guests.

The plaque for John Constable was created following a nomination by the house’s current resident, Pater Harrap who is himself a professional artist. The house was known as “Mrs. Sober’s Gardens”, during the 4 years which John Constable is known to have lived there, between 1824 and 1828.

The location of the address remained a mystery until art historians made the connection between John Constable’s famous correspondence address and the actual deeds to the property.

Although the facade of the house has been altered somewhat since the early 19th Century, the interior layout of the structure remains more-or-less unchanged since Constable would have lived there with his wife Maria, who suffered from tuberculosis. It was said that Constable brought Maria to Brighton in order to ease her symptoms.

The period which Constable spent in the house where some of the most productive of his art career, producing such masterpieces as ‘The Cornfield’ and ‘The Hay Wain’, all of which were received with much acclaim in Paris’ galleries.

Harrap, is planning to curate an exhibition of John Constable’s ideas and works at the Brighton Museum between April and October 2017.

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