Pictures Around Cromer
Stratford Mill

John Constable

Stratford Mill Artist John Constable, Runton Road car park

Stratford Mill

John Constable

You can find Constable’s Stratford Mill in the Runton Road car park

John Constable, Stratford Mill 1820
John Constable 1776 – 1837 Stratford Mill 1820 Oil on canvas 127 × 182.9 cm © National Gallery London

Stratford Mill, 1820

John Constable

Oil on canvas 127 × 182.9 cm

Stratford Mill was a water-powered paper mill (now demolished) on the River Stour near East Bergholt, Suffolk. Constable shows the mill in shadow, while shafts of sunlight play between the trees beside the meandering river. A dying willow leans over the glassy water and we glimpse a distant sunlit farmhouse. A girl watches a boy cast his fishing line into the water, and it looks as though the angler to their left has just got a bite.

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Daniel Gardner, ‘Portrait of John Constable’, 1796, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / Stapleton Collection / Bridgeman Art Library

John Constable

Constable is famous for his landscapes, which are mostly of the Suffolk countryside, where he was born and lived. He made many open-air sketches, using these as a basis for his large exhibition paintings, which were worked up in the studio. His pictures are extremely popular today, but they were not particularly well received in England during his lifetime. He did, however, have considerable success in Paris.

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