"ESSEX TOP 10 - Constable, John (9)" Essex Things to Do Tip by sourbugger

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  the best landscape - ever.
by sourbugger

I always find it surprising that the landscapes which are seen as 'typically english' in the painting of John Constable come (in part) from a county that is not renowned for it's scenic beauty. Not for John the wilds of the Lake District, the desolate mores of Yorkshire of the twee delights of the Cotswolds.

His most famous painting is probably 'The Haywain', painted outside Flatford Mill. He painted the place a number of times. It is nowadays a field studies centre, and therefore lacks public entrance. From memory it is possible to walk around the area with ease. Now, to be accurate, the mill and the village of east Bergholt are part of Sussex, but it is so close to the border with Essex we can easily claim him as an Essex boy rather than a tractor lad ! Many of his slightly less famous pictures do feature places that are clearly in Essex. Take a good long walk through the valley - you can see why he was so inspired.

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  • Written Dec 19, 2008
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