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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:

    River Thames (drawn)

  • Date:

    April 1803 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

A pencil drawing, roughly sketched, with a sailing boat in the forgeround on the left and a larger ship in the distance.

Place of Origin

River Thames (drawn)


April 1803 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

M below a horn in a cartouche
On laid paper watermarked


Height: 205 mm, Width: 255 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. 45

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

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



Subjects depicted

Boats; Ships




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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