Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape

Fall in love all over again with three giants of British landscape painting.

The founding of the Royal Academy in the mid-18th century coincided with the flowering of British landscape painting. Over the next 100 years Constable, Gainsborough and JMW Turner - all academicians - became the pillars of a national movement, the first with his bold, vigorous brushwork, the second with his endless invention and evenescent colours, and the third as the incomparable master of light and colour.

This show presents their work alongside that of their contemporaries Richard Wilson, Michael Angelo Rooker and Paul Sandby, and the 17th-century masters they would have used as models: Claude, Poussin, Gaspard Dughet and Salvator Rosa.

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Highlights include Gainsborough’s Romantic Landscape (c. 1783), and a recently acquired drawing that was last seen in public in 1950. Constable’s two great landscapes of the 1820s, The Leaping Horse (1825) and Boat Passing a Lock (1826) will be hung alongside Turner’s brooding diploma work, Dolbadern Castle (1800).

Venue details

Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Piccadilly London W1J 0BD 020 7300 8000

Entry details

£7 with National Art Pass (standard entry £8)

Mon – Thu, Sat – Sun, 10am – 6pm
Fri, 10am – 10pm

Closed 23 Jun, 24 – 26 Dec

What the critics say


A trio of great names displays the power of British landscape

  • Jackie Wullschlager
  • FT


This exhibition of 150 art works from the Royal Academy Collections, including paintings, prints, and books, traces the development of English landscape painting through three of its greatest exponents


Just to get up close and observe the brushwork of The Leaping Horse is worth the visit


Constable, Gainsborough, Turner at the Royal Academy is a thoughtful, yet frequently frustrating, exhibition about the rise of English landscape painting