Osmington Bay

Attributed to John Constable, English, 1776 - 1837

Made in England, Europe

19th century

Oil on canvas

21 3/8 x 30 1/8 inches (54.3 x 76.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 292, European Art 1500-1850, second floor (Haas Gallery)

Accession Number:
Cat. 865

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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The unfinished state of this painting reveals Constable’s working methods. The sky is richly detailed, but the coastline and boats are outlined in pencil and given a light wash or “dead-coloring.” In keeping with contemporary practice, Constable often worked from the sky downward when finishing a picture.

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