The Constable Trust

The Constable Trust Annual Lecture

The Constable Trust is pleased to present the Fifteenth Annual Lecture:

The Singularity of John Nash’s Artistic Vision

By Professor Frances Spalding CBE, FRSI, Emeritus Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge

on Saturday 27 April 2019, 6.30 for 7pm

at the Constable Hall, Gandish Road, East Bergholt.

Tickets are £12.50 (includes wine and canapés)

More information and a booking form can be found here.


Image: John Nash (1893-1977), Walled Pond, Little Bredy, Dorset, 1923.

Oil on canvas, 56.2x76.4cm. Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums.

Purchased in 1939 with income from the Macdonald Bequest.

Frances Spalding is an art historian, biographer, critic and a specialist in twentieth-century British Art. Her books include British Art since 1900, in the Thames & Hudson World of Art series, and a centenary history of the Tate. She has also written the lives of several artists – Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, John Minton, Gwen Raverat and Duncan Grant, as well as a joint biography of John and Myfanwy Piper, a life of the poet Stevie Smith and a monograph on the artist Prunella Clough. She joined Newcastle University in 2002 where she became Professor of Art History, and in 2014 she curated an exhibition on Virginia Woolf for the National Portrait Gallery. In 2015 she became Editor of the Burlington Magazine and is now an Emeritus Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2005 was awarded a CBE.

Previous Lectures

Sarah Cove
" ... they were done in the lid of my box on my knees as usual": Constable's Oil Sketching Technique - The Suffolk Years c.1810–1816

Peter Bower
Texture, Tone & Strength: John Constable and his Use of Paper

Anne Lyles
'Fame is the Spur': Constable, the 'six-footers' and the long struggle for recognition

Timothy Wilcox
Constable and Claude: A lifelong relationship

Martin Gayford
Constable in Love: the man and his portraits

Judy Ivy
'Mr Constable's English Landscape' Mezzotints: A Case of Vanity Publishing

Timothy Wilcox
Constable and Salisbury: How Constable rediscovered Suffolk in Salisbury

Olivier Meslay
Constable in France: A Success Story

Anne Lyles
Constable and the Sea: 'The wild music of the waves'.

Andrew Wilton
The Freud and Bacon of their Day: Constable and Turner as Twin Luminaries of Their Age.

Andrew Loukes
'That House of Art': Constable at Petworth.

Jules Pretty
Constable's Other Country of Valley and Shore

Nathaniel Hepburn
Cedric Morris and Christopher Wood: A Forgotten Friendship

Hugh Belsey
What did Gainsborough Paint?

Frances Spalding