View of Dedham (Stour Valley & Dedham Village) - John Constable - Framed Picture 16" x 20"
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.
Dedham Vale is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Essex-Suffolk border. It comprises the area around the River Stour between Manningtree and Smallbridge Farm. It is part of the area known since the artist's lifetime as Constable Country, as it was made famous by the paintings of John Constable.