One of Britain's greatest ever artists, John Constable RA (1776 - 1837) was born & bred in the Stour Valley. He was son of a wealthy corn merchant & owner of Flatford Mill and, later, Dedham Mill. And here around his home John Constable painted most of those famous landscapes in the National Gallery, the Royal Academy & Tate Britain like The Hay Wain, the Cornfield, the Leaping Horse & Flatford Mill. Which is why the term 'Constable country' is synonymous with the Dedham Vale. 'I should paint my own places best', he wrote to his friend John Fisher in 1821, 'painting is but another word for feeling.'