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

Recreating the 'Hay Wain' at Flatford Mill, Suffolk. Credit: ITV Anglia.

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'.

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.

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