Constable’s work is considered a landmark in the development of plein air painting which culminated in Impressionism. Like Pissarro later in Pontoise, he preferred to paint in a few well-defined localities, exploiting them exhaustively. Favorite stamping grounds were his native Suffolk, Hampstead Heath near London, and the south coast.
Books on John Constable
Mark Evans, ed., John Constable: The Making of a Master, exh. cat., London, 2014.
Michael Rosenthal, ed., Turner and Constable: Sketching from Nature: Works from the Tate Collection, exh. cat., London, 2013
John Walker, John Constable, New York, 1978.
Charles Robert Leslie, Memoirs of the life of John Constable, esq., R.A.: Composed Chiefly of his Letters, London, 1845.