In Constable’s Footsteps – Free City Walk

Brighton Beach, Early Morning After a Wet Night c. 1825 by John Constable.

To complement Constable and Brighton, our current major exhibition,  In Constable’s Footsteps is a city walk for residents and visitors to undertake in their own time. Download a PDF here
In Constable’s Footsteps – City Walk [PDF].

The circular sightseeing tour begins at Brighton Museum, is approximately 4¼ miles long and takes 2½ to 3 hours.  It explores the time the artist John Constable spent in Brighton for his wife’s health 1824-28, and enables people to see where the windmills he painted once stood, stroll along the seafront that inspired him and view buildings he would have known 200 years ago.

Sights include:

  • Sillwood Road – no.11 is Constable’s Brighton residence and has a blue plaque
  • The home of Sussex MP and builder of Kemp Town, Thomas Read Kemp. His sister Mrs Ann Sober owned the house Constable lived in
  • The school that Constable’s children attended, which was run by his friend Henry Phillips
  • Little Preston Street, now believed to be the location of Constable’s painting ‘Houses at Hampstead’
  • St Ann’s Well – Constable made many paintings from this viewpoint
  • Hove beach – the view west towards Shoreham was a popular subject for Constable
  • The site of the Chain Pier, the subject of one of the largest works to come out of Constable’s time in Brighton

The walk extends the interpretation of Constable’s Brighton period explored in Constable and Brighton.  Find out more about the Constable and Brighton exhibition.