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Hampstead Heath - John Constable - Royle 1976 - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W


Hampstead Heath - John Constable - Royle 1976 - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

John Constable, RA was an English Romantic painter. He is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home—now known as "Constable Country"—which he invested with an intensity of affection.

His most famous paintings include Wivenhoe Park, Dedham Vale and The Hay Wain. Although his paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art, Constable was never financially successful. He did not become a member of the establishment until he was elected to the Royal Academy at the age of 52. His work was embraced in France, where he sold more works than in his native England and inspired the Barbizon school.

Hampstead Heath is a large, ancient London park, covering 790 acres. This grassy public space sits astride a sandy ridge, running from Hampstead to Highgate. It adjoins the stately home of Kenwood House. The south-east part of the Heath is Parliament Hill, from which the view over London is protected by law.

The Heath first entered the history books in 986 when Ethelred the Unready granted one of his servants five hides of land at "Hemstede". This same land is later recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as held by the monastery of St. Peter's at Westminster Abbey.
ln 1133 control of  manor was released to Richard de Balta; then during Henry II's reign the whole of the manor became privately owned by Alexander de Barentyn, the King's butler.

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