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A Sluice, perhaps on the Stour

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830-1836 (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, daughter of the artist

  • Museum number:

    131-1888

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This study of a sluice gate on a millstream may depict Dedham lock on the River Stour. Its sombre colours and agitated brushwork resemble the landscapes of the 17th-century Dutch painter Jacob Ruysdael, which Constable greatly admired.

Physical description

Oil sketch of a sluice and trees.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)

Date

ca. 1830-1836 (painted)

Artist/maker

John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on paper laid on canvas

Dimensions

Height: 219 mm estimate, Width: 187 mm estimate, Height: 504 mm frame, Width: 452 mm frame, Depth: 40 mm frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

'In 1836 Constable's two exhibits at the Royal Academy were the 'Cenotaph to the memory of Sir Joshua Reynolds' (now in the Tate Gallery, No. 1272) and the watercolour 'Stonehenge' (No. 395 [1629-1888]). He gave four lectures on 'The History of Landscape Painting' at the Royal Institution in May and June of this year and his last lecture, at Hampstead, on 25 July. Constable died on 31 March 1837. His almost completed painting 'Arundel Mill and Castle' (now in the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio; see No. 379 [260-1888]) was exhibited posthumously at the Royal Academy.'

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 233]

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'A Sluice, perhaps on the Stour', John Constable, ca. 1830-ca. 1836

Materials

Oil paint; Paper; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Sluices

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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