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Curator-driven ambitions mar this Constable show at the V&A

The small works - the studies of foliage and sketches of landscapes - are the chief value of the exhibition

4 October 2014

9:00 AM

4 October 2014

9:00 AM

Constable: The Making of a Master

V&A, until 11 January 2015

C.R.W. Nevinson: A Printmaker in War & Peace

Osborne Samuel, 23a Bruton Street, W1, until 18 October

The V&A has an unparalleled collection of hundreds of works by John Constable (1776–1837), but hardly anyone seems to know about them. This is perhaps because they’re usually kept on an upper floor of the Henry Cole Wing, rather off the beaten track for most visitors.

This new exhibition gives us the chance to examine the V&A’s treasures, but because it has been installed in the extensive suite of galleries usually reserved for big survey shows, such as Art Deco or Modernism, a great deal of other material is also required to fill the space.

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