Hadleigh Castle (painting)

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Hadleigh Castle
John Constable - Hadleigh Castle, The Mouth of the Thames--Morning after a Stormy Night - Google Art Project.jpg
ArtistJohn Constable
TypeOil on canvas
Dimensions121.9 cm × 164.5 cm (48.0 in × 64.8 in)
LocationYale Center for British Art, New Haven

Hadleigh Castle is an 1829 oil painting by the English painter John Constable.

John Constable visited Hadleigh Castle in 1814 and made a drawing of the castle. This he developed into a full-sized oil sketch in preparation for a finished painting, executed in 1829 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in the same year. The sketch is currently displayed at the Tate Gallery, London, while the finished painting now hangs in the Yale Center for British Art at New Haven, United States.[1] Constable's painting, "one of his most monumental works" according to art historians Tammis Groft and Mary Mackay, shows Hadleigh Castle as a decaying man-made structure, succumbing to the elemental power of nature.[2]


  1. ^ Constable's Sketch for Hadleigh Castle: A Technical Examination, Duff, Natasha, accessed 27 April 2011.
  2. ^ Groft and Mackay, p.86.


  • Groft, Tammis Kane and Mary Alice Mackay. (1998) Albany Institute of History & Art: 200 years of collecting. New York: Hudsdon Hills Press. ISBN 978-1-55595-101-6.