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John Constable, 1776–1837, British

Flatford Lock

between 1810 and 1811
Oil on paper on canvas
Support (PTG): 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches (36.8 x 36.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
canal | clouds | figures | landscape | lock (hydraulic structure) | river | Romantic
Associated Places:
England | Europe | Stour | United Kingdom
Not on view

One of the mills on the river Stour owned by Constable’s father was at Flatford, and the buildings, waterways, and locks at the mill were to provide some of the recurrent motifs of Constable’s art. This is one of a series of on-the-spot oil sketches that he used as raw material for the larger, more finished studio-picture Flatford Mill from the Lock, shown at the Royal Academy exhibition of 1812; in the larger work the view extends further to the left to include the distinctive red-brick buildings of the mill. Malcolm Warner

Warner, Malcolm and John Baskett. The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime. New Haven : Yale Center for British Art, 2001, p. 31

Robert Hoozee, L'opera completa di Constable, 98, Rizzoli, Milano, Italy, 1979, pp. 96-97, no. 97, NJ18 C74 A12 +H66 (YCBA)

Graham Reynolds, The early paintings and drawings of John Constable, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 1996, v.1, p.167..., 12.10, pl. 938 (v.2), NJ18 C74 R484 1996 + (YCBA)

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 31, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA)

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