CONSTABLE & GAINSBOROUGH: SUFFOLK'S LANDSCAPE MASTERS
Thomas Gainsborough, mid 1740s
Gainsborough (1727-88) was born and raised in Sudbury on the Suffolk/Essex border. Growing up, the local scenery inspired a career as an artist that would see him receive a commission to paint King George III and become a founding member of the Royal Academy. Much of his early work was of the Suffolk landscapes surrounding his home, and though he made his living painting portraits, landscapes were always his first love. If you too are enamoured with landscape painting, why not tread in Gainsborough’s footsteps around Sudbury, taking your sketch pad with you?
Often mentioned in the same breath, Constable (1776-1837) lived just 16 miles upriver from where Gainsborough was born in East Bergholt, a village on the River Stour in Suffolk. His paintings of the Dedham Vale made him one of the most famous landscape artists of the 19th century, and his work is still admired worldwide. Constable’s first great success (which brought him recognition by the Royal Academy) was with A Boat Passing a Lock which depicted the Stour Valley, the first painting of many inspired by Suffolk’s landscape.
John Constable, 1814-15