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Coastal Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century$
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Matthew Ingleby and Matthew P. M. Kerr

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474435734

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474435734.001.0001

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A Breath of Fresh Air: Constable and the Coast

A Breath of Fresh Air: Constable and the Coast

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(p.51) Chapter 2 A Breath of Fresh Air: Constable and the Coast
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Coastal Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century
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Christiana Payne

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474435734.003.0003

John Constable is often thought of as a painter of trees, canals and meadows; country labourers and wagons. His coastal paintings are considered a somewhat peripheral part of his output. Yet they are central to his concerns with light, atmosphere and weather. This chapter looks at Constable’s studies of the coast in relation to three important meanings it held for him and for many others of this time. The sea seen from the coast was a metaphor for life, death, immortality and the power of a benevolent Creator; the sea and shore together constituted a boundary which protected Britain from enemy invasion; and the coastal region was a place of fresh breezes, a source of easy breathing and life-giving fecundity.

Keywords:   John Constable, Landscape painting, Nineteenth-century art, Coasts, Weather

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