The Dell at Helmingham Park

John Constable1830

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

John Constable's intimate vision, as exemplified by this work, was characteristic of the newly intensified attitude toward nature adopted by the Romantic movement. He first visited this dell in 1800, when he wrote to a friend, "Here I am quite alone among the oaks and solitude of Helmingham Park…there are abundance of fine trees of all sorts." He visited once more in 1814, but this is a late work of memory. Constable enhances the rustic atmosphere by including a foreground cow and, in the distance, a stag and red deer. His technique is loose and free, making his trees appear as though they are sighing and swaying in the wind.

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  • Title: The Dell at Helmingham Park
  • Creator: John Constable
  • Date Created: 1830
  • Physical Dimensions: w1308.1 x h1133.6 in (Unframed)
  • Culture: English
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust
  • Medium: Oil on canvas