Cattle on the Stour, Dedham

Cattle on the Stour, Dedham

The River Stour at Dedham has long had great resonance for landscape painters; John Constable painted many of his greatest, and best-known, works there. This pastoral scene by Walter Bayes consciously recalls Constable's scenes. All indications of modernity and the passage of time have been effaced; the small figures standing among the trees have been painted indistinctly so that their costume shows no sign of any particular period.