Comparing John Constable's Painting The Cornfield and William Wordsworth's Poem Tintern Abbey

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While the men had no significant personal relationship, they were certainly aware of each other's work. In fact, Constable thought very highly of Wordsworth's poetry. As to whether that sentiment was reciprocated… It is known that Wordsworth attended at least one of Constable's lectures on landscape painting in 1836, however, there are no recorded comments by Wordsworth regarding Constable until after the painter's death in 1837. You'll notice in the comments under the copy of The Cornfield that I've passed around that Wordsworth was a subscriber to the fund that bought the painting for the National Gallery. He contributed one guinea. Other than this, there is little record of Wordsworth's feelings towards Constable and his art. The records that we do have reflect both admiration and disdain: Wordsworth called Constable both an "admiral artist" and a "genius," but also commented (via Joseph Farington) on an 1807 Royal Academy exhibition of Constable's art that it was "a poor exhibition."

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On the other hand, Constable valued Wordsworth's poetry, calling the descriptions of landscape in The Excursion "beautiful." In the 1830s he twice connected Wordsworth's poetry to his own pictures, and in 1835 he wrote a sonnet that
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