Hadleigh Castle

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Hadleigh Castle, The Mouth of the Thames. Morning after a Stormy Night.

John Constable visited Hadleigh Castle in 1814 and made a minute drawing of the castle. This he developed into a full-sized oil sketch in preparation for a finished painting, executed in 1829 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in the same year. The sketch is currently displayed at the Tate Gallery, London, while the finished painting now hangs in the Yale Center for British Art at New Haven, United States. Constable's painting, "one of his most monumental works" according to art historians Tammis Groft and Mary Mackay, shows Hadleigh Castle as a decaying man-made structure, succumbing to the elemental power of nature.

1829, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

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