Framed oil painting: Flatford Lock from the Bridge sketch by John Constable (1776–1837), oil on canvas c. 1814-1817. On loan from a private collection

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Museum number

2018.1

Object

Framed oil painting: Flatford Lock from the Bridge sketch by John Constable (1776–1837), oil on canvas c. 1814-1817. On loan from a private collection

Gallery label

Flatford Lock from the Bridge
John Constable (1776–1837)
Oil on canvas, between 1814 and 1817

This energetic little sketch depicts one of Constable’s favourite subjects, his father’s mill at Flatford. An angler sits on the bank in the shade of sunlit trees.

From around 1809, Constable began to paint rapid oil sketches from nature that captured a momentary effect and the constantly changing weather. They were made in preparation for larger more finished works: this study was one of many behind Constable’s first great ‘six-footer’, Scene on a Navigable River.

L2007.1 On long-term loan from a private collection

On display?

Yes
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