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Constables Great Landscapes: Materials & Techniques of Constable's Exhibited Oils of the 1820s and 1830s Sarah Cove Monday 16 September 2019

Sarah Cove is a lecturer, conservator & technical art historian. She is an authority on Constable, notably appearing on BBC's Fake or Fortune.

John Constable,RA, was an English landscape painter in the naturalistic tradition. Born in Suffolk, 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. "I should paint my own places best", he wrote to his friend John Fisher in 1821, "painting is but another word for feeling".

Constable's most famous paintings include Wivenhoe Park of 1816, Dedham Vale of 1802 and The Hay Wain of 1821.   Although his paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art, he was never financially successful. He became a member of the establishment after he was elected to the Royal Academy at the age of 52. His work was embraced in France, where he sold more than in his native England and inspired the Barbizon School.