WIN a watercolour of Dedham by Essex artist James Merriott
PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 August 2020 | UPDATED: 12:46 11 August 2020
James Merriott talks us through his watercolour tour of Essex with a visit to Dedham and the chance to follow in the footsteps of John Constable
There is more than one reason that I decided to showcase Dedham for this stage of my watercolour tour of Essex. Firstly, I hope to celebrate my 80th birthday in the village at the beginning of next year.
Plans are already in place for a delicious dinner with family and friends as I’m looking forward to a treat at the fabulous La Talbooth restaurant this coming February, followed by a night’s stay at the nearby Milsoms hotel.
I have in fact adored Dedham all my life, with its historic architecture and the much-loved River Stour providing a focal point for the stunning countryside in this part of the world.
Affectionately known as Constable Country, The Dedham Vale has been recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for more than 50 years.
But long before that, the great John Constable (1776–1837) walked along the banks of the Stour to go to school at Dedham.
The scenery there inspired him to create some of the artist’s world famous landscapes. In particular he loved painting the old watermill on the river, painting it many times. Sadly, the mill is no longer there. Nevertheless, to follow in the footsteps of Constable and portray Dedham’s architecture is an immense privilege and brings me again to La Talbooth and the wonderful subjects I have included here.
For your chance to win James’ original painting of Dedham High Street (pictured top), fill in the form below and answer the following question:
You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210728 or email firstname.lastname@example.org