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John Constable

John Constable (1776–1837)
A View of the Canal, Newbury
Pencil, gray wash
Inscribed at lower left, in pen and brown ink, Newbury, Berks / June 5. 1821
6 3/4 x 10 1/16 in. (171 x 255 mm)
Thaw Collection; EVT 198
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This fresh, intimate sheet is from a now dismembered sketchbook in which Constable recorded views of the area surrounding Reading, Newbury, Abingdon, and Oxford during a sojourn in Berkshire in June 1821. Constable made at least seven drawings of Newbury during his visit, four bearing the same date as the present sheet; two are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and another is in the Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.

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