Constable in Love
Arts documentary. Andrew Graham-Dixon explores how John Constable's love of Maria Bicknell inspired his revolutionary approach to painting landscapes.
John Constable's painting The Haywain embodies pretty and cosy England, adorning many a tea towel and postcard. But behind the image of rural calm lies a passionate artist whose pictures hide an erotic undercurrent - a story of forbidden love to rival even Shakespeare's ill-fated lovers. Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals the true story of Constable and an untold love story sublimated on canvas.