John Constable 1776 - 1837

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Linda Hatherly gave us a fascinating and enlightening talk about how John Constable painted his magical scenes from English life in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. We looked at the areas he loved, how he created his paintings and his rivalry with England’s other famous painter of the time, William Turner.

Linda was brought up in Suffolk close to where Constable lived and painted his famous countryside scenes. She was able to give us a personal insight into his background and what he would have seen through his own eyes.

She illustrated her talk with many examples of Constable's work, describing them and showing us features that we would not have normally seen, and she completed her talk with a demonstration of how Constable used colour by highlighting a section of one of his paintings which she had copied herself with vibrant streaks of white and red.

An inspirational talk. Thank you Linda!