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Drawing - East Bergholt Church: part of the west end seen beyond a group of elms
  • East Bergholt Church: part of the west end seen beyond a group of elms
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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East Bergholt Church: part of the west end seen beyond a group of elms

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Suffolk, England (drawn)

  • Date:

    29/06/1812 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (drawn by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and white chalk on grey paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist

  • Museum number:

    842-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case PD, shelf 327

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Constable made his first visit to Salisbury in 1811. Although he spent most of the following year at home in Suffolk, he retained in this sketch of East Bergholt Church the unusual style he had developed in his sketches of Salisbury Cathedral: a careful, finely detailed rendering of the church and fluid, dashing strokes to delineate the foliage of the surrounding trees.

Physical description

A chalk drawing of the west end of East Bergholt Church, shaded by a group of elms.

Place of Origin

Suffolk, England (drawn)

Date

29/06/1812 (drawn)

Artist/maker

John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (drawn by)

Materials and Techniques

Black and white chalk on grey paper

Marks and inscriptions

'29 Junes 1812 -- E. Bergholt'
'29 Junes 1812 -- E. Bergholt'

Dimensions

Height: 310 mm, Width: 197 mm

Historical context note

In 1812 Constable’s exhibits at the Royal Academy were ‘Salisbury: Morning’, ‘A Watermill’ (Flatford Mill) (see No. 103) and two small landscapes. Apart from a possible brief visit to Salisbury (see No. 118) he spent most of the supper in Suffolk.

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 77]

Descriptive line

Drawing of East Bergholt Church, by John Constable

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

Parris, Leslie and Ian Fleming-Williams, Constable London : The Tate Gallery, 1991. ISBN 1854370707 / 1854370715. 544 p. : ill. (some col.).
Exhibition catalogue
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, p. 77
The following is an extract from the text of the entry:

"The ruined tower is just visible on the left, and the south porch, with the sun-dial, on the right."

Exhibition History

Constable (Tate 13/06/1991-15/09/1991)

Materials

Chalk; White chalk

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Church; Suffolk; East Bergholt; Elm

Categories

Drawings

Collection code

PDP

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