Artist Jonn Constable (1776 – 1837) was an English Romantic painter known mainly for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home. Currently, his paintings are among the most popular and valuable in British art.
“An artist who is self-taught is taught by a very ignorant person indeed.” John Constable.
On 9th December this year, Sotheby’s London will offer for sale John Constable’s The Lock – one of the small group of monumental landscapes, known as the ‘Six Footers’, which for many define the pinnacle of the artist’s career. Depicting a bucolic scene on the River Stour in the artist’s native Suffolk, and painted in response to the huge critical acclaim that greeted Constable’s first treatment of the composition (exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1824), the picture was treasured by the artist – retained by him in his studio till the end of his life, singled out by him for prestigious exhibitions, and chosen as the basis for the engraving that was to make it among the most familiar, and celebrated, images in the canon of British art. Having remained in the same family collection for over 150 years, it now comes to the market for the first time since 1855 with an estimate of £8-12 million.
“The sky is the source of light in Nature and it governs everything.” John Constable.