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View towards Stratford St Mary Church

This watercolour had been called ‘View towards Dedham Church’ but the building in question now seems more likely to be Stratford St Mary church, seen from more or less the same angle as in the two versions of ‘Landscape, Ploughing scene in Suffolk (A Summerland), the first of which was exhibited in 1814, and ‘Summerland’ which presents a view westward up the Stour valley from the outskirts of Old Hall, East Bergholt and of which the precise viewpoint has not been determined.


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Although Constable produced numerous ‘finished’ sketches for the picture market and patrons of The Royal Academy, never satisfied with following a formula, he once wrote, ‘no two days are alike, nor even two hours: neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of all the world: and the genuine production of art like those of nature are all distinct from each other’

Presented by the Art Fund 1916

 

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