John Constable, 'A Barge on the Stour'

John Constable, 'A Barge on the Stour'

John Constable (1776-1837)
'A Barge on the Stour'
Great Britain
About 1832
Pencil, pen and bistre ink, and watercolour
Museum no. 237-1888

Navigable rivers and canals were crucial to Constable’s father’s business of trading and transporting corn and coal on and around the river Stour. Constable frequently depicted them as working waterways. Here we see a horse pulling a barge. The use of colour is particularly rich and, as in Old houses at Harnham Bridge, Slisbury, touches of white have been added as highlights.

This drawing can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 15.