Dust off your paintbrushes, charge up the iPad, sharpen your charcoal, whatever your chosen art form join in our Constable Challenge.
Dust off your paintbrushes, charge up the iPad, sharpen your charcoal, whatever your chosen art form join in our Constable Challenge for free
We are turning over the grounds of Wivenhoe House to artists young and old to create your own landscape masterpiece. All entries will be considered for our autumn exhibition in the hotel. Don’t worry if it rains we will have gazebos!
Throughout 2016 we are “loving landscape” as we celebrate 200 years since landscape artist John Constable immortalised Wivenhoe House on canvas in his painting “Wivenhoe Park,” now hanging in pride of place at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
Whether you’re an amateur art lover or a professional painter, young or old, there’s something for everyone to entice you to dig out those brushes and set to work.
Constable’s breathtaking creation was a true labour of love. Paid 100 guineas by Major-General Francis Rebow ,then owner of Wivenhoe House for the painting, he used the money to prove his financial stability to the family of Maria Bicknell, the love of his life. He left Wivenhoe House on 19 September, marrying Maria on 2 October.
You can still tread in Constable’s footsteps today and admire the lake and landscape, very much as he saw them in 1816, while enjoying all the modern comforts of life in our Grade II listed hotel.