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Constable and Brighton

Anna McNay reviews Constable and Brighton at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, on view through October 8, 2017.

McNay writes: “The exhibition is structured around three walks that Constable would regularly make: westwards towards Shoreham Bay, northwards towards Devil’s Dyke, and eastwards to the Chain Pier. Largely eschewing the town centre, he would systematically follow these routes, stopping to make sequential sketches along the way. A single sketch would take him approximately two hours (as we are informed by notes on the back of one of the works), and would be made on paper pinned into the lid of his painting box – also on show in the gallery – which contained bladders of pigments, brushes, rags, a palette knife and a variety of strengthened laminated papers, prepared with a range of coloured backgrounds.”

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