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John Constable, 1776–1837

Flatford Lock [2001, The Paul Mellon Bequest: Treasures of a Lifetime, exhibition catalogue]

Former Title(s):

The Stour by Flatford Mill [1945 label on the back of the painting]

between 1810 and 1811
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on paper on canvas
14 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches (36.8 x 36.8 cm)

Label on the back of the painting: "This picture by Constable called “The Stour by Flatford Mill” was bequeathed by the will of Elizabeth Wyatt Mallet to Adrian Lewis Matthews, with liberty to me to have the enjoyment of it during my life or for such shorther period as I should think fit. | E Hugo Mallet, 28 May 1945"; other label: "The Tate Gallery | John Constable | Lock at Flatford | Constable | 18 February - 25 Apriul 1976| 96 A."

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
IIIF Manifest:

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

The Paul Mellon Bequest : Treasures of a Lifetime (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-02-17 - 2001-04-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

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

Leslie Parris, Constable : paintings, watercolours & drawings, , Tate Publishing, London, UK, 1976, pp. 74, 197, no. 96a, NJ18 C74 P37 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Carlos Peacock, John Constable : the man and his work, J. Baker, London, 1965, p. 102, pl. 22, NJ18 .C74 P43 + Oversize (YCBA) [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) [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) [YCBA]

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