John Constable was an English Romantic painter. Born in Suffolk in 1776, he is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home — now known today as "Constable Country" — which he invested with an intensity of affection. "I should paint my own places best", he wrote, "painting is but another word for feeling"
His most famous paintings include is The Hay Wain. Although his paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art, Constable was never financially successful.
He did not become a member of the establishment until he was elected to the Royal Academy at the age of 52. His work was embraced in France, where he sold more works than in his native England and inspired the Barbizon school.