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The Vale of Dedham from Langham

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Constable frequently drew and painted the view eastwards down the Stour valley from the hills between Langham church and Gun Hill. The focal point in all is the tower of Dedham church, which Constable described as 'a characteristic feature of the Vale'. He made a number of drawings and oil sketches of this particular view in 1812–1813, perhaps intending to work them up into a larger exhibition picture, which, however, he never painted. One of these sketches (V&A, London) was the basis for David Lucas's mezzotint, 'Summer Morning', published in 'English Landscape Scenery' in 1831.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on canvas


H 19 x W 32 cm

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Bequeathed by Revd William Fothergill Robinson through the Art Fund, 1929

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