John Constable (British, 1776-1837)
Full-Scale Study for ‘The Leaping Horse’ , About 1824-1825
Oil on canvas
51 x 74 in. (129.4 x 188 cm)


Constable described this view of barges navigating the River Stour as ‘full of the bustle incident to such a scene where four or five boats are passing in company.’ On the right a barge-horse jumps a barrier across the tow path, a feat for which these horses were specially trained.


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