John Constable’s Most Famous Landscape Drawings

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John Constable is a well-known artist for delivering world-class landscape drawings. The master was a prolific painter who used colors, techniques, and imagination to bring nature’s best visuals to canvas.

His landscape drawings are now valued by millions and are primarily kept in national art museums and galleries. Almost all of his artworks comprise scenes from the Suffolk countryside, the place of his birth, and where he spent his life.

Tap into this lucrative segment to know more about painter John Constable. Take a sneak peek into the fascinating landscapes done by him, including the exceptional beauty of Hay Wain.

The Cornfield

A Cottage in a Cornfield – John Constable

The Cornfield by John Constable dates back to the year 1826. It measures 143 cm by 123 cm. It denounces a depiction where a boy has paused the thirsty work of herding sheep at noon. So, lie flat on the bank of a pool and drink its cool water.

It is a vision of a Suffolk lane in high-scorching summer, painted in January at the Constable’s studio in London. The lane winding towards the cornfield in the painting is based on Fen Lane.

Constable often took this lane when he walked as a boy from his village of East Bergholt to Dedham. However this lane exists to this day, but the countryside is primarily invented now.

Constable exhibited this elegant work of art at the Royal Academy in 1826. Unfortunately, despite receiving wide critical praise, the painting did not sell as well as expected.

 

Weymouth Bay: Bowleaze Cove and Jordan Hill

The ironic John Constable painting was made during the 1816-1817s. It narrates a view of Bowleaze Cove in Dorset looking west from Osmington. Constable artist painted the beautiful Jordan stream trickling over the sand, with Furzy Cliff and Jordan Hill beyond.

The thick clouds scud across the bright winter sky into Downs slope to the sandy cove and sea. The waves are rolling into the beach, colored with gray and white paint, which mirrors the intense color of the clouds.

Constable painted this painting and the other three oils on canvas while staying at the vicarage in Osmington. It’s a small village near Weymouth, where he went during his honeymoon in 1816.

The Hay Wain

The Hay Wain – John Constable

The Hay Wain by John Constable is one of his most famous landscape paintings. Made in 1821, it is a beyond ordinary oil on canvas that measures 130.2 by 184.5 cm. The painting shows a view of the millpond at Flatford on the River Stour.

It was a watermill used for grinding corn, operated by the Constable family. The Flatfod mill still survives and is about a mile from East Bergholt in Suffolk, the birthplace of Constable. The house is shown on the left side of the painting also survives. But, when the Constable was making the canvas at that time, it was occupied by tenant farmer Willy Lott.

The title, Hay Wain, is synonymous with the wooden wagon (wain), which was used for transporting cut and dried meadow hay. The empty wagon makes its way through the shallow water, and on the other side of the meadow, you can find haymakers at work.

The painting represents a Suffolk landscape but was created in London at the artist’s studio after passing several open-air sketches and was made over several years. The artist then made a full-size preparatory oil sketch to establish the composition before painting the final picture.

 

Stratford Mill

Stratford Mill was the second of the six masterpieces of the Stour landscape by Painter John Constable. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1819 and 1825. The painting was a part of a group that included The Hay Wain.

The mill was a water-powered paper mill on the River Stour near East Bergholt, Suffolk. However, unlike the other uncanny resemblance of John Constable, this mill no longer exists and was demolished. 

The canvas depicts the mill in shadow while shafts of sunlight play between the trees beside the river. A dying willow is leaning over the glassy water, and a distant sunlit farmhouse can be seen. A girl is watching a boy casting his fishing line into the water. It looks like the angler to their left has just caught a bite.

The painting became renowned as ‘The Young Waltonians’ after John Constable died. The name was given to reference Izaak Walton’s book on fishing, The Compleat Angler, published in 1653.

Salisbury Cathedral and Leadenhall From The River Avon

Salisbury Cathedral was made several times from different viewpoints. Some paintings were oil sketches made outdoors like this one, while others were large canvases mainly made for the exhibition. However, this one was created during Constable’s six-week visit to Salisbury in the summer of 1820.

It’s a view from the other bank of the River Avon. Situated east across the meadows and the backs of houses surrounding the spired Cathedral. You can see Leadenhall on the right side, where Constable and his family were staying with his friend, Archdeacon John Fisher.

The warm buff-colored ground depicts that the paint of the sky has been left exposed in many places in the foliage and foreground. The flicks, dots, and dashes of unblended paint make up the figures and reflections on the water. It reveals the spontaneity and freshness of Constable’s technique.

The Bottom Line

You can search for John Constable’s paintings online and relish the beauty of his landscapes. There are so many websites that even sell these with a trademark of authenticity and reliability.

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