John Constable, Landscape Painter

Above: John Constable’s Clouds Meet Photoshop

Memoirs of the Life of John Constable
by Charles Robert Leslie (1794-1859

I read a snippet of John Constable’s biography for the 61st volume of the LibriVox Nonfiction Collection. The author of the biography, C. R. Leslie was a friend of Constable and a fellow painter. A first edition was published in 1843 shortly after Constable’s death; a second, enlarged edition of the biography followed in 1845. Leslie’s book is still in print, or it can be read on line at; Leslie relied extensively on Constable’s correspondence with friends and fellow painters, which makes the biography a fascinating read for anyone interested in painting.

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