John ConstableThe Mill Stream. Verso: Night Scene with Bridge c.1810

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Artist
John Constable (1776‑1837)
Title
The Mill Stream. Verso: Night Scene with Bridge
Date c.1810
MediumOil paint on board
Dimensionssupport: 210 x 292 mm frame: 398 x 480 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Henry Vaughan 1900
Reference
N01816
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1810

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In this study Constable shows the view looking from the forecourt of Flatford Mill across a side stream of the river Stour. This had been diverted under the mill to work the water- wheel. The water churned up by the water-wheel left the mill through an archway below the forecourt, which explains the turbulence seen in the foreground of the sketch.

The house is Willy Lott’s House, named after the tenant farmer who lived there for over 80 years. It appears in several of Constable’s finished paintings, the most famous of which is The Haywain (now in the National Gallery).

October 2013

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