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22 May 2013

See John Constable's The Hay Wain

Originally painted in 1821, John Constable's The Hay Wain now hangs in room 34 at the National Gallery, having been presented to the Gallery in 1886 by art collector Henry Vaughan. In 2005, the painting was voted the second favourite painting in a British gallery by listeners of Radio 4.

Though it was one of many painted by Constable of his native Suffolk - showing the River Stour near Flatford - we are told that Constable painted in in his London studio, as at the time he was dividing time between the city and country, spending winter in London and summer in East Bergholt.

For more on the painting, see http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/john-constable-the-hay-wain 

^Picture used under Wikimedia Commons^

1 comment:

  1. A few years ago in the blog, I was very interested in John Constable and his Suffolk landmarks. It is a subject the students and I often come back to, in art history lectures.

    But why was The Hay Wain the painting voted as the second favourite painting in a British gallery? I am guessing because of deep nostalgia for times gone past, not because of Constable's painterly skills alone.

    thanks for the link