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Weymouth Bay from the Downs above Osmington Mills

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Unlike his contemporary Turner, who traveled widely in search of impressive and dramatic scenery, Constable painted only the landscape of his native England. His images of modest countryside and the movement of clouds across the sky have the freshness and immediacy of on-the-spot observation....

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May 16, 1838, posthumous Constable sale, Foster and Sons, London, lot 45 to Burton (probably acting for Constable's heirs); to the artist's son, Charles Golding Constable (b. 1821 - d. 1879); July 11, 1887, Constable sale, Christie's, London, lot 75 to Agnew's, London [see note 1]; July 12, 1888, sold by Agnew to William H. Fuller, New York [see note 2]; February 25, 1898, Fuller sale, American Art Association, New York, lot 20, to Mr. and Mrs. William Caleb Loring, Boston [see note 3]; 1930, bequeathed by Mr. and Mrs. Loring to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 6, 1930) NOTES: [1] According to back stretcher inscription, the painting was purchased at the C.G. Constable sale by Agnew at this time. [2] See Chicago, World's Columbian Exposition, 1893, Loan Collection of Foreign Masterpieces, no. 2883, lent by Fuller [3] Lent by Mr. and Mrs. Loring to exhibition of "Old Masters" at Copley Society, Boston, 1903, no. 10; later lent by the Lorings to the MFA in 1912, 1915, and 1918.

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Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. William Caleb Loring

about 1816


55.9 x 77.2 cm (22 x 30 3/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas