Born in East Bergholt, Suffolk, in 1776 Constable devoted much of his life to painting the local landscape, the scenes of his childhood which, he said 'made me a painter'.
In 1794 he made a sketching tour of Norfolk and made his first etchings in 1797.
In 1799 Constable was introduced to Joseph Farington, RA, and entered the Royal Academy Schools. He visited Staffordshire and Derbyshire in 1801 and first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1802.
Constable exhibited regularly at the British Institution, the Liverpool Academy, the Birmingham Society of Arts and the Worcester Institution. He was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1819 and a Royal Academician in 1829.