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Drawing - Shipping under a cloudy sky in the Thames
  • Shipping under a cloudy sky in the Thames
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Shipping under a cloudy sky in the Thames

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Thames (drawn)

  • Date:

    April 1803 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (drawn by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and grey wash

  • Museum number:

    807-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 13

Physical description

A pencil drawing, roughly sketched, with areas of thin wash, showing a line of ships with billowing sails.

Place of Origin

Thames (drawn)

Date

April 1803 (drawn)

Artist/maker

John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (drawn by)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and grey wash

Marks and inscriptions

Britannia in a cartouche, surmounted by a crown
On laid paper watermarked

Dimensions

Height: 197 mm, Width: 323 mm

Historical context note

In 1803 Constable exhibited four works at the Royal Academy. In April he made the trip from London to Deal in the East Indiaman Coutts. He took leave of Farington before going into Essex on 20 June (Greig, Vol. II, p. 111).

[G Reynolds]

Descriptive line

John Constable, Shipping under a cloudy sky in the Thames, 1803, Reynolds cat. no. 43

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

Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 48-51.

Materials

Pencil; Grey wash

Subjects depicted

River; Ships

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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