Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Stonehenge the true story

From the British Museum:
Today is the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere! This 1836 watercolour of Stonehenge is by John Constable. After visiting Stonehenge in 1820, Constable made a sketch that was eventually worked up into a large watercolour for his last exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. This watercolour represents a middle stage in the process – it is squared for transfer to a larger sheet.

The finished work (now at the Victoria and Albert Museum) was captioned: ‘The mysterious monument... standing remote on a bare and boundless heath, as much unconnected with the events of the past as it is with the uses of the present, carries you back beyond all historical records into the obscurity of a totally unknown period’


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