John Constable in Brighton- Finding Constable's 'Painting Room'
Artists Peter Harrap and Natasha Kissell have recently found that the house and studio in Brighton that they renovated was John Constable's Brighton lodgings and ' painting room' in 1824 and 1828. Constable made around 200 paintings and drawings in Brighton.
Harrap and Kissell previously lived and worked in Holland Park, it was a studio in between Lucian Freud's two studios and they met him a few times. This around the time Freud curated the Constable: Le choix de Lucian Freud : Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris
By strange serendipity, after renovating their Brighton studio, Harrap and Kissell found out from a neighbour and freelance journalist, Shan Lancaster, that the deeds of their studio contained an unusual story that in 1824 and 1828, John Constable and his family had lodged in the house and Constable had a painting room in this Brighton house. This Brighton house and studio is the 9 Mrs Sober's Gardens of Constable's letters.
Peter Harrap and Shan Lancaster have written an article for The Burlington Magazine to be published in April 2013.
So many irresistible little paintings came from Constable's time in Brighton.Harrap and Lancaster are now working with a variety of curators and National Collections to bring together the 200 or so paintings .
The house and studio will receive a Blue Plaque later this year from Brighton and Hove Council.
The Burlington Magazine must be credited with publication if any information relating to the Harrap and Lancaster article on John Constable's Brighton lodgings and Studio is reproduced.