Constable probably made this vigorous sketch on Fen Lane, near Flatford in Suffolk. The brushwork, suggesting the movement of scudding clouds and of trees bristling in the wind in hues of dark blue and green.
A Lane Near Flatford
20.3 x 30.5 cm
Oil on paper laid on canvas
Date of work
Along with Turner, John Constable is recognized as the greatest English landscape painter of the 19th century. Constable entered the RA schools in 1799 and first exhibited in 1802. He had an eye for the picturesque through studying J. T. Smith and Gainsborough. Born in Suffolk, the son of a miller, he has been characterised as having painted only the places he knew intimately and he continued to paint scenes of Suffolk after he settled in London in 1816.