The Hay Wain (1821) – John Constable, who died 31/03/1835
Constable was born in Suffolk, and is known principally for his landscape paintings of the area surrounding his home, which is now known as ‘Constable Country’. His most famous paintings include Dedham Vale (1802) and The Hay Wain. Although his paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art, he was never financially successful and did not become a member of the establishment until he was elected to the Royal Academy in 1819 at the age of 52. He showed The Hay Wain at the Academy's exhibition in London in 1821 where it was seen by the French artist Théodore Géricault, who was soon praising Constable in Paris. The Hay Wain was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1824, where it won a gold medal and was sold to an art dealer. The painting changed hands a few times after that, but in 1886 it was presented it to the National Gallery in London, where it still hangs today.
On this day …
1732 Austrian composer of the Classical period Joseph Haydn was born.
1855 English novelist Charlotte Brontë died at the age of 38.
1971 Scottish actor Ewan McGregor was born.
1980 American Olympic athlete Jesse Owens died.
1889 The 985ft high Eiffel Tower, which cost £260,000 at the time, was officially opened.
1901 Daimler built the first Mercedes, which was named after the daughter of Emile Jellinek for
whom it was built.
Quotes of the day
Being an atheist is a matter not of moral choice, but of human obligation.
John Fowles, English novelist born 31/03/1926
What will the stock market do next? It will fluctuate.
J. P. Morgan, American banker who died 31/03/1913.
Did you know …?
It would take twenty new mid-size cars to generate the same amount of pollution that a mid-size 1960's car did.