Wednesday 15 July 2015

Constable country

I was surprised to find out that our campsite at Colchester was only a few minutes drive from where John Constable painted his lovely pictures of the English countryside.
We drove to a little village called Flatford, and parked in the Nation Trust car park.
The whole area is like a beautiful time capsule from nearly two hundred years ago. Except for the National Trust shop, excellent café and cute little boat doing trips up and down the river.
We wandered down to the exact spot where he painted 'The haywain'. The view has changed a bit since 1821, but the cottage is still there.
Apparently Constable sold the painting for £70 as he desperately needed the money, and it now hangs in the National Gallery in London.

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