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Porch of East Bergholt Church; East Bergholt Church and Churchyard

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Suffolk, England (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1810 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:

    138-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, room 88, case WEST WALL

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The church of East Bergholt stood next to the house where Constable was born. This study shows its entrance porch. Constable painted few moonlit views. Its mood is reflective, similar to the mood of Thomas Gray's 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard'. This famous poem was published in 1751.

Physical description

The moon is rising, or the sun is setting, behind the porch. Three figures are on the path leading to the porch. The canvas has been relined at an unknown date. The new stretcher is inscribed in ink, perhaps copying an inscription on the original canvas "Church Porch evening J. Constable R A."

Place of Origin

Suffolk, England (probably, painted)

Date

ca. 1810 (painted)

Artist/maker

John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas

Dimensions

Height: 24.4 cm estimate, Width: 30.1 cm estimate, Height: 45.3 cm Frame, Width: 50.3 cm Frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

Constable exhibited two pictures, entitled 'A Landscape' and 'A Churchyard', at the Royal Academy in 1810. The latter is believed to be No. 1245 in the Tate Gallery (see No. 99 [128-1888] in this Catalogue).

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 68]

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Porch of East Bergholt Church', John Constable, ca. 1810

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, pp. 68, 69
The following is an extract from the text of the entry:

"The canvas has been relined at an unknown date. The new stretcher is inscribed in ink, perhaps copying an inscription on the original canvas, Church Porch evening J. Constable R.A.

The moon is rising, or the sun is setting, behind the porch. Three figures are on the path leading to the porch.
A view of the same section of the church, from a viewpoint slightly further to the left, is No. 1245, now in the Tate Gallery, which is believed to have been the picture 'A Churchyard' exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1810, and is almost certainly the picture 'A Church porch' exhibited at the British Institution in 1811 (Davies, pp. 26-27). The latter showed "the stillness of a summer afternoon", and the view held by Davies that No. 99 [138-1888] is "vaguely connected" with his No. 1245 is to be preferred to that of Shirley (L. ed. S., p. 37) that it is a study for the latter. Either consideration leads more or less decisively to a dating of c.1810, which is also arrived at by Holmes, p. 242."
Vikutoria & Arub?to Bijutsukan-z? : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum / selected by Mark Evans [Japan : Brain Trust], 2002. 185 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.

Exhibition History

The Romantic Tradition in British Painting 1800-1950: Masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum (Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo, Kobe, Japan 28/01/2003-06/04/2003)
The Romantic Tradition in British Painting 1800-1950: Masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum (Koriyama City Museum of Art 22/11/2002-27/12/2002)
The Romantic Tradition in British Painting 1800-1950: Masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum (Matsuzakaya Museum, Nagoya, Japan 19/10/2002-11/11/2002)
The Romantic Tradition in British Painting 1800-1950: Masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum (Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan 24/08/2002-06/10/2002)
Constable (Tate 13/06/1991-15/09/1991)

Materials

Canvas; Oil paint

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Landscape; Church; Moon; East Bergholt

Categories

Paintings

Collection code

PDP

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