Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Willy Lott’s House at Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion
Visitors to Constable Country, as it came to be called in his own lifetime, are often surprised by how small it first seems on the ground. Many of the sites of John Constable’s major paintings, such as The Hay Wain (1821), are located within a few miles of Flatford Mill. In the past twenty years many of the views around Willy Lott’s House have been cleared of blocking trees and vegetation, so that the landscape on the ground now imitates that in Constable’s pictures, no matter what license the painter took in his own time assembling pictures from a variety of sources. Constable’s paintings of Suffolk have been credited for putting parts of the country previously thought of as unremarkable on the picturesque ‘map’. Here a member of the National Trust holds up a replica of one of Constable’s paintings to visiting tourists. To British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Constable’s landscapes were so deeply etched into the landscape that they had ceased to be separable from it: ‘Of a plough team coming over the brow of a hill, the sight that has been seen in England since England was a land’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts#landscapestudiesofasmallisland#flatfordmill#constablecountry