British Artists

Notice the different ways these British artists portrayed their homeland. What similarities and differences do you see? What do you prefer and why?

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John Constable painted a beautiful English scene showing "Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Grounds." This painting comes from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Grounds, ca. 1825, John Constable
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950 (50.145.8)
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Wooded Landscape with Cottage, Cows and Sheep ca. 1770, Thomas Gainsborough Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971 (1972.118.291) www.metmuseum.org

Wooded Landscape with Cottage, Cows and Sheep
ca. 1770, Thomas Gainsborough

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971 (1972.118.291)
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Joseph Mallord William Turner portrays a more realistic side of England, in this painting "Saltash with the Water Ferry, Cornwall" from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Saltash with the Water Ferry, Cornwall
1811, Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889 (89.15.9)
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