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Constable painting site located

Posted 27 January 2010
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Constable painting site located
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New research has found the site of one of John Constable's most famous landscape paintings.

The National Trust has managed to work out where the artist's painting of the Stour Valley and Dedham Village was produced, using historical maps to identify features that appear in the picture.

Such detective work was necessary as many boundaries and other features have been altered on the land - much of which is owned and managed by the Trust - since the painting was produced in 1814-15.

Property manager for the Trust in east Suffolk Martin Atkinson found that the field boundaries in place on an 1817 map had altered significantly by 1830.

Those keen to enjoy the scenery of Constable country may wish to purchase Ordnance Survey Maps of the area to help navigate around the present-day landscape.

Nearby Go Outdoors stores include those at Basildon and Harlow.

Born in Suffolk in 1776, Constable was famous for his depictions of rural landscapes, particularly in the flatlands of his native East Anglia.

Posted by Dan Mirza