Stanway Mill, near Colchester
John Constable (1776-1837)
Graphite and watercolour (with scratching out) on paper
Width: 19.7 cm; Height: 14 cm;
Acquisition (source, method, date)
Miss Dorothy Scharf; bequest; 2007 (March)
About this work
Believing that the sky was "the key note, the standard of scale, and the chief organ of sentiment" in a landscape, Constable carefully observed and recorded meteorological phenomena. This richly coloured finished work, thought to be one of the few he exhibited at the Royal Academy, is a typical example of his outstanding ability to convey the intense feeling of a heavy shower turning a previously sunny sky into a dramatic arena of light and shadow.
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