Shipping, near Ipswich

Shipping, near Ipswich

Images of boat-building and shipping occupied a prominent place in Constable's work in 1815. 'Boat-building near Flatford Mill', an oil paintingalso in the Museum's collection and exhibited at the Royal Academy that year, is the best known work on this theme. This small drawing, on the other hand, was made during a journey home from visiting a friend near Ipswich. Many of Constable's drawings from 1815 centre on Suffolk, no doubt because he spent half the year there looking after his ailing father.