Sketch for The Valley Farm thumbnail 1
Sketch for The Valley Farm thumbnail 2
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Paintings, Room 88, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries

Sketch for The Valley Farm

Oil Painting
ca. 1814 or 1835 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This study is related to a painting entitled The Ferry, exhibited in 1814. However, Constable may have painted it twenty years later, when he returned to the subject for The Valley Farm, exhibited in 1835. The house in the background is that of Willy Lott, a tenant farmer who lived there for over 80 years.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'Sketch for The Valley Farm', John Constable, ca. 1835
Physical Description
View of a figure seated, punting beside a wood.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 254mm
  • Estimate width: 210mm
  • Frame height: 504mm
  • Frame width: 452mm
  • Frame depth: 40mm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973
Style
Credit line
Given by Isabel Constable
Object history
Given by Isabel Constable, 1888
Historical context
'In 1835 Constable's sole exhibit at the Royal Academy was 'The Valley Farm' (see Nos. 373-377 [143-1888, 140-1888, 1249-1888, 1248-1888, 600-1888]). He visited George Constable at Arundel in July. He visited Worcester (where paintings by him had been exhibited in July) to give three lectures, in October.'



[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 221]
Subject depicted
Summary
This study is related to a painting entitled The Ferry, exhibited in 1814. However, Constable may have painted it twenty years later, when he returned to the subject for The Valley Farm, exhibited in 1835. The house in the background is that of Willy Lott, a tenant farmer who lived there for over 80 years.
Bibliographic References
  • Parris, Leslie and Fleming-Williams, Ian. Constable London : The Tate Gallery, 1991no.64
  • Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 221-223
Other Number
374, plate 269 - Reynolds catalogue no.
Collection
Accession Number
140-1888

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdJuly 24, 2003
Record URL