John Constable Dedham from near Gun Hill, Langham c.1815

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John Constable 1776–1837
Dedham from near Gun Hill, Langham
Date c.1815
Medium Oil paint on paper on canvas
Dimensions Support: 251 x 305 mm
frame: 296 x 351 x 36 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Henry Vaughan 1900
Not on display

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This view, looking eastwards towards Dedham and the Stour estuary from near Gun Hill in Langham, was one of Constable's favourite subjects. In most of his representations the tower of St Mary's church, Dedham forms a conspicuous feature in the distance. As Constable himself once remarked, the church looked especially striking from this elevated viewpoint. Yet, in his later work in particular, Constable often included a church in the distance of his landscapes for its symbolic associations. It represented for him a religious and social focus in the traditional rural world. 

September 2004

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