John Constable (British, 1776-1837)
Boat-Building near Flatford Mill, Exhibited at the Royal Academy 1815
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 ¼ in. (50.8 x 61.6 cm)

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This portrays the construction of a barge at a dry-dock owned by Constable’s father. It is based on a tiny pencil drawing in a sketchbook at the V&A. Constable painted the landscape entirely in the open air. His biographer praised its ‘atmospheric truth,’ such that ‘the tremulous vibration of the heated air near the ground seems visible.’

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