The Lock, John Constable

This week a second copy of Constable’s The Lock goes up for auction. The first copy sold for £20m in 2012 and it is anticipated that this copy will be sold for even more. While researching this painting I came across this great little video that explains what is going on in the painting.

What I have also discovered is that the lock itself has moved. The original lock broke and the canal was diverted with a new lock installed right next to the original. This, and that the painting was sketched from a boat in the middle of the pond is going to make recreating this painting a bit tricky.