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Valley of the Stour at Sunset

Valley of the Stour at sunset, 31 October 1812. This oil sketch, and its partner Autumnal sunset, are two of a small group of sunsets Constable painted in 1812.


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This oil sketch, and its partner Autumnal sunset, are two of a small group of sunsets Constable painted in 1812, by which stage he appeared to prefer to paint at the day’s end rather than in the bright light of the middle of the day.

As he wrote to Maria Bicknell on  10 July 1812: "I do not study much abroad in the middle of these very hot bright days. I am become quite carefull of myself, last year I almost put my eyes out by that pastime" (reference JOHN CONSTABLE'S CORRESPONDENCE AND DISCOURSES: EIGHT VOLUMES. Beckett, R B .( Editor).Published by Boydell, 1962)

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