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Constable painted at least four versions of this composition. This is the most freely painted of all the versions, and was the basis of an engraving which Constable included in his series of prints, English Landscape. On one surviving impression of the print Constable changed the church tower into a windmill. The same change was also made on this painting - traces of mill vanes can still be made out - before Constable decided to retain the tower and add a spire to it.

September 2004