Study for the Leaping Horse
A pen and grey ink with grey wash study for the painting ‘The Leaping Horse’, a stream with a lock to the right, a horse ridden by a boy tows two barges.
Constable was known to make full size oil studies for compositions prior to his great paintings, and it was his habit when searching for an idea for a picture to look through his sketchbooks for promising material.
This is the first sketch of said drawing. He went on to produce a full size study which is now at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Presented to the British Museum by Isabel Constable 1888