Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 3°C

Search

A year of John Constable begins at Wivenhoe House

PUBLISHED: 16:31 27 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:31 27 January 2016

John Constable painting of Wivenhoe House

John Constable painting of Wivenhoe House

Archant

Wivenhoe House has launched a series of events marking the 200th anniversary of a John Constable painting of the building.

Constable was paid 100 guineas to paint the family home of then owner General Francis Rebow in 1816, a commission which secured his future both financially and romantically as the money allowed him to marry fiancee Maria Bicknell – whose father had not approved of the union.

Now home to a four-star hotel and hospitality school, Grade II-listed Wivenhoe House is holding a Constable Challenge on June 12 when the public can set up their easels in the grounds.

A professional artist is being commissioned to create a 21st century interpretation of the original painting, to be unveiled at an autumn exhibition which will also feature Constable Challenge works.

The University of Essex’s annual art competition, closing at the beginning of March, also has a Constable theme this year.

Oliver Brown, general manager of Wivenhoe House, said: “We hope as many people as possible get involved in our celebrations. This was an important time in Constable’s life and his last painting before moving to London.

“You can still walk in Constable’s footsteps within the park and we hope the landscape will inspire artists young and old.”

Schools and businesses can to apply to contribute to a giant Constable canvas, made up of 12 segments.

For more details on the projects visit the Wivenhoe House web site.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Campaigners last night called for more action to “urgently reverse these alarming trends”, but praised victims for showing bravery to convict perpetrators.

Drivers in Ipswich needing to top-up with fuel this morning will struggle to find a litre of petrol for less than 114.7p.

Pictures from the 1990s show students getting to grips with Kendo at Suffolk College.

More checks have been carried out in Ipswich by police investigating the murder of a man earlier this year.

Jeff Bray will stand for UKIP in the Clacton seat being vacated by Douglas Carswell.

A high-profile former politician will bring plenty of pomp to a leading role in a spectacular family pantomime in Suffolk.

A victim of two burglaries in two months has appealed for witnesses after a gang of criminals decided to take “a day out in west Suffolk”.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24