John Constable, RA (1776 – 1837) was an English Romantic painter. Born in Suffolk, he is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home — now known as "Constable Country" — which he invested with an intensity of affection. "I should paint my own places best", he wrote to his friend John Fisher in 1821, "painting is but another word for feeling".
His most famous paintings include Wivenhoe Park 1816, Dedham Vale 1802 and The Hay Wain 1821. Although his paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art, Constable was never financially successful. He did not become a member of the Royal Academy until the age of 52. His work was embraced in France, where he sold more works than in his native England and inspired the Barbizon school.