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New theory on location of Constable painting
6:00pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
ANOTHER theory has been put forward for the mystery location of a newly-discovered John Constable painting.
Last week the Gazette reported how the painting, bought as part of a £30 “job lot” auction, turned out to be worth £250,000.
Rob Darvell, of east London, was given the good news by experts during a live appearance on BBC Breakfast.
The graphic designer, 45, had been handed the postcard-sized painting by his father during a clear-out of the family home last year.
Residents have been speculating the painting could be of Rectory Hill, in East Bergholt, which has a field with grazing cattle and overlooks the scenic countryside Constable loved to paint.
However, Colchester resident Darius Laws believes the image could depict Pound Lane in the neighbouring village of Capel St Mary.
Mr Laws said: “I was cycling through Capel St Mary the other day and the landscape was so nice, I thought I would come back and photograph it.
“When I saw that a new Constable had come to light it looked like the place I had looked at before.
“Constable would have walked from East Bergholt to Capel St Mary via this particular path, or road as it now is, Pound Lane, as it is the most direct route and he sketched two houses in Capel St Mary.
“For all we know, he may have stopped like I did and sketched the mini-oil.”
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