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Constable’s former home in Hampstead on market for first time in 30 years

Blue plaque property in Well Walk comes with a £4 million pricetag

05 April, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

ARTIST John Constable would head from his Fitzrovia house to Hampstead to paint the pastoral scenes from the hills overlooking common land.

When his wife Maria fell ill in 1826, he decided the fresh country air would offer a cure so he moved to the area permanently. Now the house where the great 19th-century landscape artist lived in is on the market at a cool £4million – with estate agents boasting little has changed since the days he would load up his bag with an easel and brushes to head towards Hampstead Heath to capture the scenery. Constable had been visiting Hampstead every summer before taking up permanent residence in Well Walk in 1827.

The four bedroom house offered a haven for his wife Maria, who was suffering by then from advanced tuberculosis.

She died soon after and is buried, along with their seventh child, in the graveyard of St John’s parish church in Church Row.

The home, now graced with a blue plaque, has not been for sale for more than three decades, and Hampstead-based Savills estate agent Peter Brookes, who is marketing the property, said the house had kept many of the features that Constable would recognise from his time there.

It includes original fireplaces and wooden sash windows dating from when it was built at the turn of the 19th century.

He added: “As the former home of such a major figure in English landscape painting, Well Walk is a truly special property and one of north west London’s most significant historical houses. Having lived at the address for the past 30 years, the current owner is now seeking to downsize nearby. The sale of Well Walk presents a rare opportunity to reside in an iconic house in a setting which inspired many of Constable’s renowned works.”

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