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The Hay Wain


Comment on The Hay Wain

I have a large oil of The Hay Wain also in a white and gold frame. I have had it for many years and it's a treasure of mine. I see so much beauty and life presented in this very lovely painting.

Comment on The Hay Wain posted 2007-07-12 by Mary Eckard from Ohio


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Most people recognise this tranquil painting, and the landscape reminds me of my childhood in Suffolk.

Comment on The Hay Wain posted 2007-03-30 by Emily Sands from Brighton


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One of the best known british landscapes

Comment on The Hay Wain posted 2007-02-23 by Rick Corbally from Manchester


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i have a very large picture of the hay wain it is in a gold frame and used to sit on old relatives livingroom wall how many pictures were painted of the largest size

Comment on The Hay Wain posted 2007-02-13 by sharon from crewe cheshire


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what painting is more typical of the beautiful english countryside.

Comment on The Hay Wain posted 2006-09-28 by s.kitson from india


Comment on The Hay Wain

My Father came from Monks Eleigh in Soppy Suffolk which was once described as the last home of the true peasant and although born in Lambeth, I consider myself as a true peasant.

Comment on The Hay Wain posted 2006-01-10 by Jim Watts from Vancouver, B.C., Canada


Comment on The Hay Wain

The Hay Wain was painted by Constable to capitalise on the relative success of the first two of the canal scenes he had painted on to six-foot canvases (The White Horse, and Stratford Mill). Working over the winter of 1820-21 and based in London, the painting incorporated many of the lessons he had learned from studying skies at Hampstead, and deliberately incorporated these into a representation of a rural England in which the regular rhythms of the agricultural year - that empty wagon is on its way to replace a laden one at the far end of the meadow - are subtly important. However, the peace and contentment they transfer to the scene are historically incredible. This was a period of severe financial stress in the countryside; labourers were hard put to find work, and, in 1822 there were serious agrarian riots, involving, among other incidents, machine-breaking and rick-burning, throughout Suffolk. That this confected image of a corner of East Anglia is take as iconic of an England that is more properly represented through acres of suburban streetscape is preposterous, and vastly eloquent on the failure of the English even to contemplate living in the present.

Comment on The Hay Wain posted 2006-01-10 by Michael Rosenthal from south warks



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