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John Constable, 1776–1837, British

Cloud Study

Former Title(s):

Dark Cloud Study

Oil on paper laid on panel
Support (PTG): 8 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches (21.3 x 29.2 cm)

Inscribed on piece of paper affixed to verso, in brown ink: “25th Septr. 1821 about from | 2 to 3 afternoon looking to | the north- | Strong Wind at west, bright | light coming through the | Clouds which were laying | one on another”

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
clouds | gray (color) | gray (color) | light | meteorology | red | science | shadows | white (color)
On view in the galleries
IIIF Manifest:

David Bindman, The History of British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2008, p. 172 (v.2), fig. 105, N6761 +H57 2008 Oversize (YCBA)

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, p. 58-59, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Robert Hoozee, L'opera completa di Constable, 98, Rizzoli, Milano, Italy, 1979, pp. 117-18, no. 304, NJ18 C74 A12 +H66 (YCBA)

John Constable, a selection of paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. , National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1969, pp. 40-41, no. 40, NJ18 C74 U5 (YCBA)

Leslie Parris, Constable, Tate Publishing, London, UK, 1991, pp. 230-31, No. 120, pl. 120, NJ18 C74 P372 1991 + (YCBA)

Graham Reynolds, The later paintings and drawings of John Constable, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1984, p. 82 (v.1), no. 21.52, pl. 256 (v.2), NJ18 C74 R485 + (YCBA)

Michael Rosenthal, Constable, Thames and Hudson, London, UK, 1987, pp. 122-23, fig. 119, NJ18 C74 R683 (YCBA)

Michael Rosenthal, Constable, the painter and his landscape, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1983, pp. 134, 136, fig. 177, NJ18 C74 R68 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Old Master Paintings : Evening Sale : 8 July 2009, Sotheby's, London, July 8, 2009, pp. 126, 127, fig. 3, Auction Catalogues (YCBA)

Basil Taylor, Constable, paintings, drawings and watercolours; , Phaidon, London, UK, 1973, p. 199, note 30, no. 64, NJ18 C74 T39 + (YCBA)

John E. Thornes, John Constable's skies, a fusion of art and science , University of Birmingham Press, Birmingham, UK, 1999, pp. 232-33, no. 19, pl. 101, NJ18 C74 T56 1999 (YCBA)

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