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John Constable, 1776–1837

A Shepherd in a Landscape looking across Dedham Vale towards Langham

Former Title(s):

Dedham Vale with a Shepherd

Extensive Wooded Landscape with a Shepherd and Flock in the Foreground

ca. 1811
Oil on paper laid on canvas
5 7/8 x 11 1/2 inches (14.9 x 29.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
brown | brush strokes | field | hill | landscape | meadow | pasture | sheep | shepherd | sky | woods
Associated Places:
Dedham | England | Essex | Langham | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Created by John Constable (1776-1837), the artist; . . . ; acquired by Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, Ltd., by 1892 [1]; … ; purchased at auction by P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., at Sotheby's, London, England, July 7, 1965 (lot 62, 'An extensive wooded landscape, a shepherd and his flock in the foreground'), in "Fine eighteenth and nineteenth century drawings and paintings" for Paul Mellon (1907-1999) [2] [a]; by whom given to the Yale Center for British Art, December 1981.


[1] When it was exhibited as no. 49 "A Landscape" in Dowdeswell's December 1892 exhibition, "A collection of pictures in oil by early British painters." Clippings of reviews from The Star, The Morning Leader, and Woman that describe and invoke no. 49 by name are pasted to the back of this picture's frame. For the Dowdeswell catalog, see https://www.worldcat.org/title/1011793799, and https://www.exhibitionculture.arts.gla.ac.uk/exhibition.php?eid=227.
[2] Sold under the heading "Other Properties."

[a] Sotheby's. July 7, 1965. Fine eighteenth and nineteenth century drawings and paintings. https://www.worldcat.org/title/171353200

John Constable (Tate) (Tate Britain, 1991-06 - 1991-09) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Masters of British Painting: John Constable (Musée du Louvre, 2002-10-08 - 2003-01-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Constable's Clouds (National Galleries of Scotland, - 2000-10-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Constable's Clouds (Walker Art Gallery, 2000-04-28 - ) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

John Constable - A Selection of Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (National Gallery of Art, 1969-04-30 - 1969-11-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 56-57, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Robert Hoozee, L'opera completa di Constable, 98, Rizzoli, Milano, Italy, 1979, p. 95, no. 85, NJ18 C74 A12 +H66 (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Constable, a selection of paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. , National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1969, pp. 18-19, no. 9, NJ18 C74 U5 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Edward. Morris, Constable's clouds, paintings and cloud studies by John Constable , National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh & Liverpool, UK, 2000, p. 30, no. 14, NJ18 C74 C76 2000 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Leslie Parris, Constable, Tate Publishing, London, UK, 1991, pp. 70,76-78, No. 16, pl. 16, NJ18 C74 P372 1991 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Graham Reynolds, The early paintings and drawings of John Constable, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 1996, p. 162 [v.1], 11.43, pl. 929 [v.2], NJ18 C74 R484 1996 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

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