First exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1820. 'Stratford Mill' is one of six major exhibition paintings by Constable depicting scenes on the River Stour in Suffolk, a group which includes 'The Hay Wain'. The watermill at the left, which was used for manufacturing paper, was demolished in the last century.

After Constable's death, Stratford Mill acquired its more familiar title, 'The Young Waltonians', a reference to Izaak Walton, author of 'The Compleat Angler'.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1776 - 1837
Full title
Stratford Mill
Date made
1820
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
127 x 182.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented to the National Gallery under the acceptance-in-lieu procedure, 1987
Inventory number
NG6510
Location in Gallery