‘I Dined with Jones & Turner, Snugly – Alone’: The Friendship of Turner and Constable, Brother Labourers

The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD

Lecture by James Hamilton

Antagonisms between Turner and Constable have been much manufactured and recorded across the decades with various admixtures of glee and admonition. This lecture will reveal something of the complexities of friendship between these two giants of nineteenth-century painting in their pursuit of a common purpose.

James Hamilton, a Vice-President of the Society, is an art historian and cultural historian, curator, lecturer and (in his spare time) watercolourist. His acclaimed biographies range from Turner to Faraday and Gainsborough. His latest biography, Constable: A Portrait, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, was reviewed by Andrew Wilton in TSN 137.

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