Flatford Mill in Suffolk lay at the heart of the corn milling business run by Constable’s father. Constable shows a pair of barges travelling upstream and a young boy on horseback.
Flatford Mill (Scene on a Navigable River)
101.6 x 127 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas 101.6 x 127 cm ® Tate, London
Along with Turner, John Constable is recognised 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.