John Constable
Dedham Lock and Mill ?1817

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John Constable 1776–1837
Dedham Lock and Mill
Date ?1817
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 546 x 765 mm
frame: 800 x 1017 x 114 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by George Salting 1910
Not on display

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Dedham Mill, like that at Flatford, was owned and operated by Constable’s father. This sketch of it, showing Dedham church to the right, was probably painted on the spot during Constable’s long holiday with his wife Maria in Suffolk in 1817.

As it is unfinished, this work is particularly interesting in revealing Constable’s working methods at this date. Although some passages are painted in remarkable detail, other areas are only broadly blocked in, and much of the brown canvas ground is visible in the foreground and close to the trees on the right.

August 2004

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