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Watercolour - Cottages at East Bergholt
  • Cottages at East Bergholt
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Cottages at East Bergholt

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    East Bergholt (made)

  • Date:

    31 July, 1832 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and water-colour

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 20

Physical description

Cottages partially hidden by trees with birds above.

Place of Origin

East Bergholt (made)


31 July, 1832 (made)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and water-colour

Marks and inscriptions

'TMAN 31'
Truncated watermark.

'E.B. July 31. 1832.'
Inscribed below on left in ink by the artist.

Serial number inscribed on the back in ink.

'M.L.C.' [Maria Louisa Constable]
Inscribed on the back in pencil.


Height: 11.5 cm, Width: 19.0 cm

Historical context note

'In 1832 Constable exhibited at the Royal Academy four oil paintings and four drawings. The oil paintings included 'Waterloo Bridge, from Whitehall Stairs, June 18th, 1817' (formerly in the collection of Mr. Harry H. Ferguson; see Nos. 173-175 [290-1888, 322-1888, 604-1888] in this Catalogue); 'A Romantic House, Hampstead' (probably National Gallery No. 1246) and 'Sir Richard Steele's Cottage, Hampstead' (now in the collection of Sir Kenneth Clark). The drawings included one of 'Jaques and the Wounded Stag' (see No. 407 [795-1888] in this Catalogue). Archdeacon John Fisher died on 25 August.'

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 204]

Descriptive line

John Constable, Cottages at East Bergholt, 1832, Reynolds cat. no. 339

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 204, 205, 209-210


Pen and ink and watercolour; Paper

Subjects depicted





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