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John Constable

John Constable (June 11, 1776 - March 31, 1837) was born in East Bergholt[?], a village on the River Stour in Suffolk, England. He became a great landscape painter.

The Cornfield
Painted 1826
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The area of Dedham Vale[?] in Suffolk is known as 'Constable Country'. Flatford Mill[?], the subject of one of his most famous paintings, was owned by his father, a brewer[?] who was doing well in trade. Nearby Bridge Cottage[?] is a National Trust property.

He fell in love with Maria Bicknell, a local girl whose solicitor father was personally acquainted with the king, and did not consider Constable good enough. After five years, he finally gave his consent to the marriage in 1816. After giving birth to seven children, Maria died of consumption (tuberculosis) in 1829, an event which devastated her husband.

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