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Britain bars export of a Constable November 13, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts, Culture.

The British government has temporarily barred the export of a Constable painting, pending the outcome of an effort to raise the $5.35 million needed to keep it in the country, the BBC reported.

Believed to date to 1814 and attributed to the artist only in 2004, the landscape “Flatford Lock From the Mill House” shows the River Stour in Suffolk, near the mill of Constable’s father. A spokeswoman for the reviewing committee run by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council said it had not made public the name of the potential buyer or the country to which the painting would be exported. The application for export has been deferred until January 11.

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