John Constable is arguably the most accomplished painter of English skies and weather of all time.
For Constable, the sky was the keynote, the standard of scale and the chief organ of sentiment in a landscape painting. But how far did he understand the workings of the forces of nature which created his favourite cumulus clouds, portrayed in so many of his skies? And were the skies he painted scientifically accurate?
In this lucid and accessible talk, John Thornes provides a meteorological framework for reading the skies of landscape art.
John E. Thornes is a Reader in Applied Meteorology and Director of the Atmospheric Impacts Research Group within the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.
Venue: Parish Church, Sidmouth, EX10 8LG