Willy Lott's house
One of the first views of Willy Lott's House, from Constable's studies in the summer and autumn of 1802
Painted in the same style and year as ‘Dedham Vale’, Willy Lott’s House can be seen here from the south bank of the Stour, with a thickly wooded island which separated the mill stream from the river and giving the impression of a central feature. Through the trees you can see what was probably a storage barn no longer present.
Willy Lott’s House, originally called Gibeon’s Gate Farm, was lived in by Willy Lott (1761-1849) for 88 years, he spent only a single night away from this home.
Provenance Sir William Drake, sold Christie's 27th June 1891, George Salting, his daughter Lady Binning, 1910, by descent to Lord Binning.
Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute USA