The Lock

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Italy
    City: Rome
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Born at East Bergholt in Suffolk, John Constable was the son of a miller. He claimed that the Suffolk countryside which surrounded him as a child ‘made him a painter’. In 1806, he visited the Lake District and in 1827 settled in Hampstead. Constable’s paintings ‘The Hay Wain’ and ‘View on the Stour’ were awarded the Gold Medal at the Paris Salon in 1824. The great success of these and other works exhibited in France had a significant effect on the development of the Barbizon School of landscape painters and works of the Romantic Movement. After Constable’s sudden death in 1837, a large collection of his work was bequeathed to the Victoria and Albert Museum by his daughter.
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  • Details
    Title
    The Lock
    Date
    Medium
    Mezzotint
    Acquisition
    Purchased from F B Daniell, March 1971
    Inscription
    below image: [left] PAINTED BY JOHN CONSTABLE ESQ.R R.A. [right] ENGRAVED BY DAVID LUCAS [lower centre] This landscape engraved from a painting by JOHN CONSTABLE Esq.R.A [seal] is by permission and most respectively dedicated by their obedient servant Thomas Boys
    GAC number
    9197