John Constable:
The Lock at Dedham

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    • Oil on canvas, 34 1/2 x 44 inches
    • 1824
    • Sudeley Castle

An extraordinary painting about an ordinary event. A boat is visible in the upper right side, approaching the lock at Dedham. A member of the crew has begun to release the water out of the sluice gate, thus bringing the boat to the level of the river once again.

But the details of the workman (with his dab of red) is overshadowed by that sky filled with clouds, and the remarkable sense of motion represented in almost every item.

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