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Study for 'Boys Fishing'

Photo credit: Lakeland Arts

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This study was made for the painting 'Boys Fishing', which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1813. The subject matter was taken from close to Flatford Mill, in Suffolk, which belonged to Constable’s father. The lock is visible in the foreground, and on the far bank of the river is Bridge Cottage. The two boys fishing form the focal point of the composition, painted with bright flashes of colour.

The freedom and freshness of the paintwork is typical of Constable’s oil sketches and captures the atmospheric effects of changing light in the sky.

Abbot Hall





oil on canvas


H 19.1 x W 24.6 cm

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on long-term loan from a private collection

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Abbot Hall

Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL England

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