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date: 22 November 2019

Constable, Williamlocked

(b Burton Constable, N. Humberside, 1721; d Burton Constable, 1791).
  • Ivan Hall

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(b Burton Constable, N. Humberside, 1721; d Burton Constable, 1791).

English antiquary, collector and patron. His father Cuthbert Tunstall had succeeded to the huge Yorkshire estates of the Constables, taking their name through his mother, daughter of William Constable, the last Viscount Dunbar (d 1718). The younger William Constable’s education in France helped to form his taste in art. He subsequently made the Grand Tour on several occasions (1741–2, 1764–5 and 1769–71), and, on becoming a patron of the arts, he sought to fuse the Antique with the modern. He became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Society. Between 1757 and 1789 he greatly extended Burton Constable Hall, having the grounds redesigned by ‘Capability’ Brown and reproducing the house’s original Elizabethan exterior. The interior was decorated in a Neo-classical style, first by Timothy Lightoler (flc. 1760s) and subsequently by James Wyatt and by Thomas Atkinson (fl...

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