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Brighton Beach with a Rainbow: Colliers Unloading

John Constable
circa 1824

A seascape with collier ships unloading on a beach and a rainbow.

John Constable was one of the most British important artists but he is perhaps best known for his paintings of rural landscapes.

In fact shipping would have been familiar to John Constable; his family had traded in coal and his father had owned a collier ship. Constable had worked in the family shipping business for a short while in around 1792. He spent most of the summer of 1824 in Brighton and made many drawings and paintings during this stay.