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Constable's Salisbury Cathedral painted from the Bishop's Grounds, 1820

Internal News - 15 November 2007

Public lecture: Constable in London

The remarkable sketches of one of Britain’s greatest landscape artists will be discussed in a lunchtime lecture at the University of Bath on Friday 16 November (12.15-1.15pm).

Mora Abell, an art historian and a guide at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, will explain how John Constable mastered the new technique of sketching out of doors and describe how his work in London aided his acceptance into the art world.

“The sketches were remarkable for their accuracy,” said Ms Abell. “When married and living in London, Constable used many of his sketches and sketch books to create his six footers for exhibition, and works of art for sale to keep his growing family.”

The lecture will run at Carpenter House, Broad Quay, the University’s city centre location, and includes a sandwich lunch.

Tickets cost £6.50 and need to be booked in advance. Please see the related links section or contact Anne Olesen on 01793 328800, email