John Constable and Flatford

Self portrait by John Constable, pencil and black chalk heightened with white and red chalk, circa 1799-1804

Flatford lies within the Dedham Vale in Suffolk, an area of outstanding natural beauty, famous for its historical connections with John Constable RA. Constable was born in nearby East Bergholt. He spent his childhood in Suffolk where his father owned a number of mills including Flatford Mill and ran a string of commercial barges up and down the River Stour.

On this website you can find out more about John Constable and his life at Flatford as a child and young man. You can learn about his parents, brothers and sisters, how he struggled as an artist, how he fell in love, his large family and tragic death of his young wife. You can also find out more about all of the fascinating buildings and installations including:

The landscapes Constable painted are much the same today as they were then, unspoiled and beautifully maintained by a variety of organisations including the National Trust, River Stour Trust, the Field Studies Council, RSPB and the Environment Agency.

Constable’s most famous landscape is The Haywain which depicts horses and a vehicle crossing the mill pond at Flatford Mill with Willy Lott’s House in full view.