Flailing Turnip Heads, East Bergholt
Golding Constable (the artist's father) worked 94 acres of farm in and around East Bergholt and at Flatford Mill, and the artist often painted farm labourers working in the countryside such as these, his father's tenants shown beating turnip heads over a blanket to collect the oil seeds used to feed livestock, while the figures on the right burn the leftover stems and leaves of the flowers.
An inscription on the back of the stretchers reads: ‘Mr Carpenters Collection:’ however it is unclear whether this refers to James Carpenter or his son, William Hookham Carpenter. Both Carpenters were friends of Constable and were known to have collected his work.
Gift of the Manton Art Foundation in memory of Sir Edwin and Lady Manton 2007, The Clark Art Institute