Constable at Petworth exhibition at Petworth House

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11 January – 14 March 2014

Admire over 40 outstanding watercolours and drawings created in and around Petworth by the great British landscape artist, John Constable. Many of the works on show were produced during Constable’s visits to the house in 1834 and have never before been exhibited as a group.

Although Constable is principally known as a revolutionary exponent of oil painting, Constable at Petworth reveals that later in life he was also a master of the watercolour medium.

Highlights include rarely seen views of the house, park and nearby picturesque villages such as Tillington and Bignor. While in West Sussex, Constable was also drawn to popular attractions including Chichester Cathedral, Cowdray House and Arundel Castle. This extraordinary group of works are mainly on loan from the V&A and the British Museum.

Constable was influenced by earlier painters and alongside the exhibition in Petworth’s modern exhibition room, visitors will see two showrooms in the house - famously described by Constable as ‘that house of art’ - redisplayed to showcase paintings which the artist would have enjoyed while a guest in the great mansion. Clearly enthralled, he wrote ‘I have thought of nothing since but that vast house and its contents’.

Also open, by guided tour, will be the old library which is not normally accessible to visitors and was used by major artists of the early 19th century.

Following the exceptionally high demand for Turner’s Sussex tickets, our sell-out exhibition earlier this year, advance booking is advised.

Planning your visit

Booking is essential, call 0844 249 1895 or book online.

Adults £12, Child £6 (prices include NT members).

Eating and shopping

Pre-book your lunch when you book your tickets.

The Audit Room restaurant is open for a served lunch from 12pm until 2pm. Non-booked tables are first come first served and prices will differ from the pre-booked menu. Brunch is available between 10.30 and 11.30am; this cannot be pre-booked.

The Servants’ Hall coffee shop is open 10.30am-3pm for drinks, cakes, sandwiches and soup.

View the lunch and brunch menu by clicking the link next to the images.

The exhibition

Entry is in 30-minute time slots, which must be pre-booked. Once inside the exhibition room you may spend as long as you want admiring the artworks.

The house

Tickets also include entry to the Somerset Room and Square Dining Room in Petworth House, redisplayed to showcase paintings that Constable would have enjoyed. The house is open 11am-3.30pm.

The old library

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the old library, used by visiting artists as a studio. Both Turner and Constable painted here. Tours every 20 minutes, 11am-3.20pm.

Getting here

The car park opens at 10am. Sat nav post code: GU28 9LR, follow the brown signs for the Petworth House car park. £3 parking charge for non NT members; car park closes at 4pm.

Group visits

To make a group booking for 15 or more people please call 01798 342207.