The Dedham Vale 

"But the sound of water escaping from mill-dams, willows, old rotten planks, slimy posts, and brickwork, I love such things. Shakespeare could make everything poetical; he tells us of poor Tom's haunts among "sheep cotes and mills." As long as I do paint, I shall never cease to paint such places. They have always been my delight." 

John Constable - Letter to Rev. John Fisher 1821

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