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Oil sketch - On the edge of a wood
  • On the edge of a wood
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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On the edge of a wood

  • Object:

    Oil sketch

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 31, box L

Physical description

Figures next to a wood under a cloudy sky.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1825 (made)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on paper


Height: 16.5 cm estimate, Width: 30.1 cm estimate, Height: 41.8 cm Frame, Width: 57 cm Frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

'Constable was elected R.A. on 10 February 1829. He exhibited 'Hadleigh Castle' (now in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon; see No. 127 [D.234-1888] in this Catalogue) and a landscape of a "rich cottage". He paid his last two visits to Fisher at Salisbury, in July and in November. His preparations for English Landscape Scenery got under way in this year: the earliest letter on the subject to Lucas printed by Shirley (S.: L., p. 20) is dated 28 August 1829.'

[G Reynolds, 1973, p.190]

Descriptive line

Oil sketch, 'On the edge of a wood' by Constable.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 190, 197-198


Oil paint; Paper


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Woods; Clouds




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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