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Drawing - Shipping in the Thames
  • Shipping in the Thames
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Shipping in the Thames

  • Object:


  • 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:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

A drawing in pencil and wash, roughly sketched, showing a row of ships on the horizon and a smaller boat in front.

Place of Origin

Thames (drawn)


April 1803 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and grey wash

Marks and inscriptions

On laid paper watermarked


Height: 193 mm, Width: 316 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 in the Thames, 1803, Reynolds cat. no. 44

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

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


Pencil; Grey wash

Subjects depicted

Ships; Rivers




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