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The Valley Farm (V&A)

A view of a figure punting a boat, next to a wood at Valley Farm.

Constable only exhibited a single painting at the Royal Academy in this year, ‘Valley Farm’.

The artist was known to produce both pencil and oil sketches in preparation for the final piece, such as this example to ‘Valley Farm’ 1835 Tate


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Willy Lott’s House, part of the Valley Farm estate, appears in many of the artist's paintings over the years.  Originally known as Gibeon’s Gate Farm, it was lived in by William Lott (1761-1849) for 88 years.  He only ever spent a single night away from his home during his lifetime.

Donated to the V&A by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist in 1888

*Isabel Constable was the last surviving daughter of the painter and gave the contents of her father’s studio to the Victoria & Albert Museum, making them the principal collector of Constable's work which included 395 oil paintings, sketches, drawings, watercolours and sketchbooks.

 

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