Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Two artists recreate one of Constable's best known paintings in the heart of Suffolk

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

When two New Zealand artists, Estella Castle and Cat Auburn, decided to recreate a famous painting, they set their minds on John Constable's 'The Haywain'.

Being from New Zealand, we're so far away so you only experience paintings like Constable's paintings through copies, and in prints so we've grown up with it on our walls and on our placemats.

– Estella Castle & Cat Auburn, Artists
Constable's The Hay Wain. Credit: National Academy.

But what they hadn't counted on was that the scene he painted at Willy Lott's house near Flatford Mill in Suffolk was actually a combination of sketches he'd drawn elsewhere.

So when they found three Suffolk punches and a hay cart (actually a log cart in the original painting) there was no way they could be pulled into the deep, silted River Stour without everyone getting stuck!

However, Stella and Cat and curator, Sarah McLintock, sourced all the other elements, including costumed characters, decoy ducks and a well-behaved spaniel from local volunteers.

Recreating the characters from the Hay Wain. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The great thing about a project like this is because it's Constable, because it's a hay wain and because people care so passionately about it people are so excited to get on board.

We were a little worried when we arrived and went through all the costumes thinking 'will it be there'. But every bag we opened there was one more perfect piece that was exactly like the painting.

– Sarah McLintock, Curator

A digital version of the recreation will be shown at Flatford in October then taken on tour to London and New Zealand.