I live pretty much in the shadow of Hadleigh Castle. If you get a chance check out the sketches and preparatory work he did for this painting. It really is an exercise in how to build layers up and move from the prosaically pretty to something gesturing towards the sublime.Artwork page for ‘Sketch for ‘Hadleigh Castle’’, John Constable, c.1828–9 on display at Tate Britain. Constable made full-size sketches like this for many of his six-foot paintings. They allowed him to explore his ideas before committing them to the final canvas. The finished picture in this...www.tate.org.uk
This was the painting that most interested me this time around.
A good example of how you have to go to galleries cos seeing this at its full size is absolutely essential to becoming a little drowned in it