'Putting a good face on it’? The Tussle between Portraiture and Landscape in the Career of John Constable
- Friday, 14th March 2014, 12.45-1.30pm
- Free but ticketed.
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre - Gardens Entrance (Scottish National Gallery)
Constable’s international reputation as an artist rests almost entirely on his landscape paintings. Yet he also painted a significant number of portraits, especially in his early career. Indeed, in 1812 the famous diarist Joseph Farington described Constable as a ‘landscape and portrait painter'. Following the Scottish National Gallery’s recent acquisition of Constable’s portrait of Laura Moubray, 1808, Anne Lyles, freelance art historian, will investigate the artist’s range and skills as a portraitist. She will show how he was often torn between juggling his portrait commissions with his desire to become a successful landscape painter and will thus examine both aspects of his work in close conjunction.
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