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Stour Valley & Dedham Village - John Constable - Royle 1970 - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W


Stour Valley & Dedham Village - John Constable - Royle 1970 - 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.

This picture did lead to an investigation, to see wether or not the exact spot could be found again. The location of The Stour Valley and Dedham Village had been difficult to pinpoint due to gradual changes to the landscape since it was painted in 1815.

But research by the National Trust has helped identify the viewpoint. The National trust, used features from the painting and historic maps to identify the exact location.

Painted between 1814 and 1815, The Stour Valley And Dedham Village depicts Langham church, Dedham church, Fen Bridge and the bend in the River Stour.

Over time, hedge boundaries have moved and trees have become established, blocking out some of the buildings behind. By studying the buildings and river as well as the East Bergholt Enclosure Map of 1817, The National trust found boundaries in place in 1817 had changed drastically by 1830.

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