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The Landscape of Constable and Gainsborough

Across Suffolk

The Gainsborough-Constable art trail in Suffolk explores the art and landscape of two of the county’s greatest painters: Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788), born in Sudbury, and John Constable (1776–1837), born in East Bergholt.

The trail focuses on the unique sense of place found in this region, Important works painted by both artists in the county have been reproduced and linked to the geographical sites that still exist here today, allowing visitors to embrace a sense of discovery as they navigate between the various sites on the tour.

The 60km trail wends through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Suffolk/Essex border, which so inspired both artists. Taking in famous sights such as Willie Lott’s House and Flatford Bridge Cottage, plus Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich and Landguard Fort in Felixstowe, it is still possible to find the exact spot where works such as The Hay Wain, Two Boys Fishing, Cornard Wood, and Stour Valley and Dedham Village, were painted.

Take a camera on your walk, or perhaps even a brush, canvas and easel, and see if you can connect with the landscape in the same way as these two British Masters.