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Oil painting - Dedham Lock and Mill
  • Dedham Lock and Mill
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Dedham Lock and Mill

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Dedham (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1816 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

This sketch is based upon a small pencil drawing dated 22 July 1816. It depicts a mill belonging to Constable's father, a sluice and lock gate on the River Stour, and the tower of Dedham church. It was the model for several larger Constable paintings.

Physical description

Painting of a mill with large trees on the right-hand side in oil on paper.

Place of Origin

Dedham (probably, painted)


ca. 1816 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on paper


Height: 18.1 cm estimate, Width: 24.8 cm estimate, Height: 452 mm frame, Width: 504 mm frame, Depth: 40 mm frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

'In the year 1811 Constable's exhibits at the Royal Academy comprised 'Twilight', and 'Dedham Vale: morning' (now in the collection of Sir Richard Proby). He visited Suffolk in the spring and paid his first visit to Salisbury in the autumn: this was probably the occasion of his first meeting with John Fisher, who was to become his closest friend. His attachment to Maria Bicknell became known during this year, and he received her father's permission to write to her in October.'

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 69]

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Dedham Mill', John Constable, ca. 1816

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, pp. 69, 76, 77
Vikutoria & Arub?to Bijutsukan-z? : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum / selected by Mark Evans [Japan : Brain Trust], 2002. 185 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.


Oil paint; Paper


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Lock; Landscape




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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