John Constable:
Boat Building

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  • Oil on canvas, 320 x 24 1/2 inches
  • 1815
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A most charming and characteristic scene in the Stour valley. It shows simply a man building a boat. It lies in a hallowed out depression, which would be filled with water once the construction was over.

There is nothing dramatic about the scene, yet its quiet dignity makes it a powerfully emotional impact.

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