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Arts & Culture

I associate my careless boyhood with all that lies on the banks of the Stour. Those scenes made me a painter (John Constable)

The lush meadows, ancient hedgerows and huge skies have always lured artists to the Stour Valley. Perhaps the best known is John Constable who famously worked out of doors. Renowned as the first artist that could truly paint skies, reproductions of his work are found throughout the world.

Artist Thomas Gainsborough was also born in the Stour Valley. Known best for his portraits, he always maintained his love for the landscape.

Other artists drawn to the valley include John Nash who settled in Wormingford and had a passion for landscapes, especially in the snow, and plant life of the valley. Sir Alfred Munnings, most famous for his depiction of horses, had an extremely distinctive style of portraying change in the rural landscape. Munnings lived and worked near Dedham, and his former house is now maintained as the Munnings museum.

The Stour Valley is also rich in history and heritage, with its beautiful countryside dotted with architectural gems like Kentwell Hall and the National Trust owned Melford Hall. There's plenty to explore and discover - visit the links below for more information.

Recommended Links

Visit Essex

Visit Suffolk


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