Every year at the Freemanart Consultancy, we encounter numerous paintings of varying types and quality claiming to be by John Constable, and it has to be mentioned, many of them are signed, at least with that name. However, not every painter signed their work. Constable did however, and like any other modern artist, he used stamps, labels, or numbers as a means of identification for his works.
He started signing his pictures around 1825 when he became an art teacher at the Baily's School in London. But even before then, some experts believe he had done so already while living in East Anglia where he grew up.
Constable died in 1907 at the age of 92, and although he was famous worldwide at that time, he was not a rich man. His estate was worth about £10,000 ($150,000 today). So yes, it is possible he signed all his works.
John Constable, RA (11 June 1776–31 March 1837) was an English naturalist landscape painter. He was born in Suffolk and is most known for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the region surrounding his home—now known as "Constable Country"—which he imbued with a deep passion. His work has been praised for its simplicity yet eloquence of expression.
He began his career as a scene painter and theatrical artist but soon turned to landscape painting. In 1798 he moved to London where he met other artists who were influential in forming his style. In 1807 he became a full-time professional painter and traveled extensively throughout Europe studying art.
Constable's work is included in many public collections including the National Gallery, London; the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and the Tate Britain gallery in London. He has been regarded as one of the greatest British painters of all time.
Constable married twice and had two children by his first wife. She died in 1808 when their son was only nine years old. This probably caused him to move out of London and look for a quiet place where he could paint in peace. He found this refuge in Staplehurst, near Dedham in Essex. Here he could walk through his own land and see the changes that time had brought about on Earth while remembering how short life is and how important it is to make each day count.
An English painter who is regarded as one of the most important artists in the history of landscape painting. His family referred to him as Bill or William, but he is now universally referred to as J. M. W. Turner (which is how he usually signed his pictures). He exhibited an early flair for sketching and, as a child, earned money by coloring prints. At age 14, he sold his first picture and used the money to pay for his education at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. There he became friends with Gainsborough, Constable, and other notable painters.
Turner's landscapes are noted for their intense colors and dramatic lighting. He also produced seascapes, marine scenes, and views of towns and villages. His work has been called "the greatest influence on European art" after Leonardo da Vinci. Turner died in 1851 at the age of 44, having suffered financial difficulties all his life. But despite the fact that many of his paintings are now valued at millions of dollars, he left no children and his sister never married so he isn't officially known as the "father of modern art".
However, it has been suggested that he might have had a sexual relationship with another famous artist of his time, George Romney. The two men were close friends and neighbors and both were members of the Royal Academy. Some historians have speculated that Turner may have helped inspire Romney to start painting again after he suffered a mental breakdown.