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Oil painting - The Valley of the Stour with Dedham in the Distance
  • The Valley of the Stour with Dedham in the Distance
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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The Valley of the Stour with Dedham in the Distance

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (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:

    In Storage

This painting depicts the Stour valley in Essex. The river passes under the bridge at Stratford St Mary and meanders through Dedham, with its high church tower, to the estuary at Harwich. The clear naturalism and sense of light owe much to Constable's practice of making oil sketches in the open air.

Physical description

Oil painting

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)


ca. 1800 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on paper laid on canvas


Height: 49.8 cm estimate, Width: 60 cm estimate, Height: 67 cm frame, Width: 77 cm frame, Depth: 10.5 cm frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

In 1805 Constable exhibited 'A Landscape: Moonlight' at the Royal Academy. According to an unpublished entry in the Diary, he called on Farington on 1 June to say that he had been engaged to paint an altarpiece for a country church. This picture was probably the altarpiece for Brantham Curch which Leslie assigns to the previous year (Beckett, I, pp. 18-9)

G Reynolds, 1973, p. 52.

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'The Valley of the Stour, with Dedham in the Distance', John Constable, ca. 1800

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

Parris, Leslie and Fleming-Williams, Ian. Constable London : The Tate Gallery, 1991
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, cat. no. 63
Evans, M., with N. Costaras and C. Richardson, John Constable. Oil Sketches from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A, 2011, p. 40, cat. no. 4.
Carolina Brook and Valter Curzi, eds., Hogarth, Reynolds, Turner : British painting and the rise of modernity Milan : Skira, c2014. ISBN: 9788857222714.
P. 234
David Jackson, Werner Busch, Jenny Reynaerts, Andreas Blühm, and Ruud Schenk Romanticism in the North : from Friedrich to Turner. Groningen : Groninger Museum ; Zwolle : WBooks, [2017]. ISBN: 9789462582415
p. 89


Oil paint; Paper; Canvas


Oil painting

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