John Constable Stoke-by-Nayland c.1810–11

Artwork details

Artist
John Constable 1776–1837
Title
Stoke-by-Nayland
Date c.1810–11
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 181 x 264 mm
frame: 356 x 434 x 65 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Henry Vaughan 1900
Reference
N01819
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1810

Display caption

Stoke-by-Nayland lies on the north side of the Stour Valley, a few miles inland from East Bergholt and Dedham. Its church, with an imposing 15th-century tower, appears frequently in Constable’s drawings around 1810–14.

This vigorous outdoor sketch belongs to the period between about 1810 and 1811, when Constable first came to maturity as an oil painter. The bold, agitated handling, with its unusual brushstrokes from left to right in downward sweeps, shows his new confidence with the medium to powerful effect.

October 2013

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