Until the 1960s its main claim to fame was that it was the setting for one of Constable's landscape paintings. The painting shows the park and was painted in the romantic era. It shows crisp and tight brushstrokes, exhibiting Constable's young style. His later paintings exhibit looser, and more painterly brush strokes.
From the 1960s onwards, however, Wivenhoe Park has been home to the University of Essex. As of 2012, a school offering courses to train students in the hospitality industry and a luxury hotel are in Wivenhoe House.
The park is also host to a very large colony of rabbits.
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