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Oil painting - Barges on the Stour, with Dedham Church in the Distance
  • Barges on the Stour, with Dedham Church in the Distance
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Barges on the Stour, with Dedham Church in the Distance

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1811 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on paper laid on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

This oil sketch is one of the earliest to demonstrate Constable's vibrant and original mature style. The lock gates are probably near Flatford Mill. Constable was very familiar with the barges that carried grain on the River Stour.

Physical description

Landscape painting with barges, and Dedham Church in the background.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


ca. 1811 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on paper laid on canvas


Height: 260 mm estimate, Width: 311 mm estimate, Height: 50.4 cm Frame, Width: 54.8 cm 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 sketch of barges on the Stour by John Constable, England, c.1811

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

Morris, Edward, ed. Constable's Clouds: Paintings and Cloud Studies by John Constable , Edinburgh : National Galleries of Scotland ; Liverpool : National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, c2000. 176 p. : ill. (some col.). ISBN 1903278058 (paperback), 1903278066 (hardback).
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 69, 71, 72


Oil paint; Paper; Canvas


Oil painting

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