John Constable

1776 (East Bergholt, England) – 1837 (London)

Beckford had a collection of paintings that Constable, as a student, went to study. Fuseli taught him at the Royal Academy, and applauded his fresh approach to landscape. Although Turner, one year older, was a fellow-student and academician, they never became friends. West offered advice about his career (Constable’s response is unknown). Constable’s and Coleridge’s shared vision has been widely noted; he met Coleridge several times, was acquainted with Wordsworth, and wrote about both in his letters (commenting on Wordsworth’s inflated self-regard). Faraday was a correspondent. Blake, met in Hampstead, said a study of his was not drawing, but inspiration.