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  • From 1821 on, John and Maria Constable lived with their growing family in the village of Hampstead, which was situated on high ground overlooking London from the northwest. The present view southeast, along what was then known as Hampstead Road (now Haverstock Hill), is not far from the present Chalk Farm underground railway station. The eponymous cottage on the right was so named because the improvident early eighteenth-century Anglo-Irish essayist and playwright—his real name was Isaac Bickerstaff—for a time took refuge there from his creditors. It had previously been the residence of the dramatist and wit Sir Charles Sedley. The cottage was demolished in 1867. The site is commemorated not by the pub called the Sir Richard Steele, which is farther up the hill, but by Steele’s Road, for which the site made way. St. Paul’s Cathedral and the city of London are clearly visible on the horizon. In fact this view was largely the same as the Constables’ from their leased house at 6 Well Walk. “Our little drawing room,” boasted Constable in a letter to his friend John Fisher, “commands a view unequalled in all of Europe [Constable never traveled outside England!]—from Westminster Abbey to Gravesend—the doom [sic] of St. Paul’s in the Air realizes Michael Angelo’s Idea on seeing that of the Pantheon: ‘I will build such a thing in the Sky’” (27 August 1827, Constable, “Correspondence”, vol. 6, p. 231). The painting was engraved in mezzotint in 1845 by David Lucas.
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  • From 1821 on, John and Maria Constable lived with their growing family in the village of Hampstead, which was situated on high ground overlooking London from the northwest. The present view southeast, along what was then known as Hampstead Road (now Haverstock Hill), is not far from the present Chalk Farm underground railway station. The eponymous cottage on the right was so named because the improvident early eighteenth-century Anglo-Irish essayist and playwright—his real name was Isaac Bickerstaff—for a time took refuge there from his creditors. It had previously been the residence of the dramatist and wit Sir Charles Sedley. The cottage was demolished in 1867. The site is commemorated not by the pub called the Sir Richard Steele, which is farther up the hill, but by Steele’s Road, for which the site made way. St. Paul’s Cathedral and the city of London are clearly visible on the horizon. In fact this view was largely the same as the Constables’ from their leased house at 6 Well Walk. “Our little drawing room,” boasted Constable in a letter to his friend John Fisher, “commands a view unequalled in all of Europe [Constable never traveled outside England!]—from Westminster Abbey to Gravesend—the doom [sic] of St. Paul’s in the Air realizes Michael Angelo’s Idea on seeing that of the Pantheon: ‘I will build such a thing in the Sky’” (27 August 1827, Constable, “Correspondence”, vol. 6, p. 231). The painting was engraved in mezzotint in 1845 by David Lucas.
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  • Alternate title :: Hampstead Heath
  • Alternate title :: Sir Richard Steele's Cottage
  • Alternate title :: Sir Richard Steele's Cottage at Hampstead
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Andrew Shirley, John Constable, R. A., Medical Society, London, 1944, p. 25, no. 137, pl. 137, NJ18 C74 S55 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Andrew Shirley, The published mezzotints of David Lucas after John Constable, R.A., a catalogue and historical account, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1930, pp.12,212, NJ18 C74 S5 + (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Ann Bermingham, Landscape and ideology, the English rustic tradition, 1740-1860, Thames and Hudson, London, 1987, pp. 163-64, fig. 72, ND1354.4 B47 1987 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Basil Taylor, Constable, paintings, drawings and watercolours;, Phaidon, London, UK, 1973, p. 209, note 59, no. 157, NJ18 C74 T39 + (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Charles Rhyne, Constable Drawings and Watercolors in the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and the Yale Center for British Art, Part I. Authentic Works, Master Drawings, vol. 19, Master Drawings Association, Inc., 1981, p. 140, note 2, NC1 M37 19 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Charles Robert Leslie, Memoirs of the life of John Constable composed chiefly of his letters, Phaidon Press, London, UK, 1951, p. 208, NJ18 C74 L47 1951 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Charles Robert Leslie, Memoirs of the life of John Constable, R.A., The Medici Society, Ltd., London, UK, 1937, pp. 285..., pl. 137, NJ18 C74 L47 1937 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Christie's sale catalogue : Catalogue of the Works of the Late John Constable, R.A. : 11 July 1887, Christie's, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, July 11, 1887, p. 6, Lot 69, Fiche B51, Fiche #0252 (YCBA) , Also available online : Art Sales Catalpgues Online - Lugt # 46747
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Christie's sale catalogue : Works of the late John Constable, R.A. : 17 June 1892, Christie's, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, June 17, 1892, p. 15, Lot 250, Fiche B51 (YCBA) , Also available online : Art Sales Catalogues - Lugt # 50958
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Constable Centenary, a synoptic exhibition, Apollo, vol. 25, London, May 1937, pp. 292-297, N1 A54 57:1 OVERSIZE
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Correspondence, v.4, 6, 8, 10-12, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1962, p. 231 (v. 6), NJ18 C74 A2 1962 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Graham Reynolds, The later paintings and drawings of John Constable, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1984, p. 235 (v.1), no. 32.6, pl. 821 (v.2), NJ18 C74 R485 + (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: John Baskett, Constable oil sketches, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1966, pp. 82-3, No. 32, Folio AN 19 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: John Baskett, Paul Mellon's legacy, a passion for British art : masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, p. 289, no. 101, pl. 101, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: John Constable, a selection of paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon., National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1969, pp. 58-59, no. 63, NJ18 C74 U5 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Joseph Grego, The Art Collection at Bell-Moor the House of Mr. Thomas J. Barratt, Part II, Magazine of Art, [not given], January, 1898, pp.5, 189,190-192, N1 M34 OVERSIZE , Also Available on line in British Periodcals II data base; hard copy also available at LSF J10 M268 +
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Leslie Parris, Constable, Tate Publishing, London, UK, 1991, p. 243, NJ18 C74 P372 1991 + (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Luke Herrmann, The Paul Mellon Collection at Burlington House, Connoisseur, v. 157, no. 634, December 1964, p. 221, N1 C75 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) , Another copy available in YCBA Vertical File Collection: v 2334
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 37, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest, treasures of a lifetime, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 37, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Painting in England 1700-1850 from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition 1964-65., , Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1964, p. 26 (v.1), no. 83, ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) , Also available on Microfiche: Fiche B214 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Painting in England 1700-1850, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, p. 84 (v.1);, No. 114 (V.1), pl. 36 (v.2), ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels], Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 3, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Paul Mellon's legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels], Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 3, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Robert Hoozee, L'opera completa di Constable, 98, Rizzoli, Milano, Italy, 1979, p. 151, no. 663, NJ18 C74 A12 +H66 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Robert Hoozee, L'opera completa di Constable, 98, Rizzoli, Milano, Italy, 1979, p. 151, no. 663, NJ18 C74 A12 H66 + (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: The catalogue of a centenary memorial exhibition of John Constable, his origins and influence : illustrating the various periods of his work, also the work of his predecessors, and his influence on the art of his successors : 21st April to 29th May, 1937, held at Messrs. Wildenstein's Galleries, Wildenstein Galleries, London, 1937, p. 33, no. 63, NJ18 C74 T87 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965., vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, , 1965, pp. 13-14 (v.1), no. 46, ND466 Y35 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965., vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, New Haven, 1965, pp. 13-14 (v.1), no. 46, ND466 Y35 (YCBA)
  • Dimension height :: 21.0cm
  • Dimension width :: 28.6cm
  • Exhibition :: An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy
  • Exhibition :: John Constable - A Selection of Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
  • Exhibition :: Painting in England 1700-1850 - From The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
  • Exhibition :: Paul Mellon - A Cambridge Tribute
  • Exhibition :: The Paul Mellon Bequest : Treasures of a Lifetime
  • Located in :: 408
  • Located in :: Bay C
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: On view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 408, Bay C
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: painting
  • Subject Concept :: buildings
  • Subject Concept :: carriage
  • Subject Concept :: church
  • Subject Concept :: city
  • Subject Concept :: cityscape
  • Subject Concept :: clouds
  • Subject Concept :: cottage
  • Subject Concept :: factory
  • Subject Concept :: houses
  • Subject Concept :: industry
  • Subject Concept :: landscape
  • Subject Concept :: light
  • Subject Concept :: people
  • Subject Concept :: road
  • Subject Concept :: shadows
  • Subject Concept :: sky
  • Subject Concept :: skyline
  • Subject Concept :: smoke
  • Subject Concept :: steeple
  • Subject Concept :: texture
  • Subject Concept :: town
  • Subject Concept :: travel
  • Subject Concept :: turbans
  • Subject Place :: England
  • Subject Place :: Europe
  • Subject Place :: Greater London
  • Subject Place :: Hampstead
  • Subject Place :: United Kingdom
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  • Sir Richard Steele's Cottage, Hampstead
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