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The Lock - John Constable - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W


The Lock - John Constable - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W

John Constable, RA was an English Romantic painter. He is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home—now known as "Constable Country"—which he invested with an intensity of affection.

His most famous paintings include Wivenhoe Park, Dedham Vale and The Hay Wain. Although his paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art, Constable was never financially successful. He did not become a member of the establishment until he was elected to the Royal Academy at the age of 52. His work was embraced in France, where he sold more works than in his native England and inspired the Barbizon school.

The Lock is the fifth of six paintings that make up the Stour series. It depicts a working rural scene from Suffolk, as a figure struggles to open a canal gate at Dedham Lock near Flatford Mill in Suffolk to allow a lighter barge to progress on the River Stour. There is a distant view of Dedham church across the quintessentially English water meadows

The orginal was auctioned for £22,441,250 at Christie's in London on 3 July 2012.

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