DETAIL: John CONSTABLE,  Great Britain 1776 � 1837  'Harwich Lighthouse' c.1820 oil on canvas Tate, London, gift of Maria Louisa Constable, Isabel Constable and Lionel Bicknell Constable in 1888 Tate, London 2005
John CONSTABLE | A barge on the Stour

Great Britain 1776 – 1837
A barge on the Stour 1827
21.9 (h) x 32.4 (w) cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Felton Bequest in 1949
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The Stour Valley was a constant source of inspiration for Constable.  For two weeks in early October 1827 he took his two eldest children, John and Minna, aged nine and eight, to stay with his brother and sister at Flatford. At this time, although ostensibly on holiday, he made many drawings of familiar subjects on the riverbank – the lock, the barges,  the footbridge and Bridge Cottage. He drew this view from the barrier of the boat-building dock at Flatford looking towards Flatford Bridge, and included the figure of a man fishing from a barge in the foreground.

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