Two Donkeys

John Constable, English, 1776 - 1837

Made in England, Europe


Oil on canvas, mounted on panel

7 1/2 × 9 7/8 inches (19.1 × 25.1 cm) Inner canvas: 5 7/8 × 7 7/8 inches (14.9 × 20 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Inv. 155

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Constable spent the winter of 1815–16 in East Bergholt, Suffolk, England, with his dying father. Making the most of the unusually warm weather and his proximity to rural subjects, he painted these donkeys on February 29, 1816. Worked on a small scrap of canvas, the sketch served as a preparatory study that Constable used when adding donkeys to three landscapes: a wood scene in autumn, a view of Hampstead Heath, and a path outside the village of Stoke-by-Nayland. At an unknown date, probably following the artist’s death, the sketch was mounted on a piece of wood and the paint extended about an inch in all directions.