The barge lowers its sail, the rope slackens and the tow horse leaps the barrier on the path – John Constable depicts a scene in Suffolk where he spent his “careless boyhood”. He paid great attention to weather conditions and he described this painting as “a lovely subject, of the canal kind, lively – & soothing – calm and exhilarating, fresh – & blowing.”


  • Title: The Leaping Horse
  • Creator: John Constable
  • Date Created: 1825
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Physical dimensions: 1420 x 1873 mm

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