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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:

    124-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, room 88, 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)

Date

1802 (painted)

Artist/maker

John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas

Dimensions

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 .

Materials

Oil colour; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Dedham Vale; Landscapes (representations)

Categories

Images Online; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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