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Oil painting - Dedham Vale
  • Dedham Vale
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Dedham Vale

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1802 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 88, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case SOUTH WALL

Constable based this study on the work of another artist. He rarely did this. However, here he used Hagar and the Angel, which the French artist Claude Lorrain painted in 1646. Constable esteemed Claude as 'the most perfect landscape painter the world ever saw'.

Physical description

Dedham Vale. Oil on canvas. Depicts a small river valley with trees either side. In the distance is a village with a church tower and fields with cows. In the far distance is a lake with a sailing vessel on it.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


1802 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas


Height: 43.5 cm estimate, Width: 34.4 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

'Constable exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy in 1802, his entry being called 'A Landscape'; this painting has not yet been identified. He visited Windsor in May (see Nos. 33-35), and was at East Bergholt in the summer and autumn.'

[G Reynolds]

Descriptive line

Dedham Vale by John Constable (1776-1837); oil on canvas; 1802 .

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

Parris, Leslie and Ian Fleming-Williams, Constable London : The Tate Gallery, 1991. ISBN 1854370707 / 1854370715. 544 p. : ill. (some col.).
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, cat. no. 37
G. Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum: Catalogue of the Constable Collection, 1973, pp. 44-48
Evans, M., with N. Costaras and C. Richardson, John Constable. Oil Sketches from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A, 2011, p. 40, cat. no. 2.
Ian Collins, ed. Masterpieces. Art and East Anglia Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, 2013. ISBN: 9780946009626.


Oil colour; Canvas


Oil painting

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Landscapes (representations)


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