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Constable – a Portrait

Venue: The Corn Hall
John Constable is Britain's best-loved but perhaps least understood artist, whose paintings reflect visions of landscape that perplexed his contemporaries. 
James Hamilton's talk will explore Constable’s life and background to reveal a man of passion and opinion whose character and personality may lie concealed behind the high shimmer of his paintings, but are nonetheless richly revealed in his letters and journals. There his reflections draw a sharp picture of both the person and the painter. 

James Hamilton's biography of this complex, troubled man, Constable – A Portrait, explodes previous mythologies, and establishes Constable in his proper context as a giant of European art. 

James Hamilton is a curator, writer and lecturer. He has written widely on nineteenth and twentieth century art, with a particular interest in artists whose work crosses the boundaries which tend to separate art, literature and science. Hamilton’s biographies include Turner – A Life, Faraday: The Life and Gainsborough: A Portrait. His book London Lights: The Minds that Moved the City that Shook the World 1805-51 explored the social background of art and science in the nineteenth century, and his A Strange Business: Making Art and Money in Nineteenth Century Britain traced the intricacies of the art market and the inter-relationships therein. His latest book is Constable: A Portrait was named one of the Times and Sunday Times’ best books for 2022.

One of the Times and Sunday Times’ best books for 2022 

Approx 50 mins followed by a Q&A session and book signing

If you have access issues please contact the Box Office on 01379 652241 to complete your booking so we can ensure that your visit is as comfortable and safe as possible. We have a limit on how many wheelchair spaces we can safely accommodate so these need to be reserved in advance.