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Oil painting - Porch of East Bergholt Church
  • Porch of East Bergholt Church
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Porch of East Bergholt Church

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Suffolk (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:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 88, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

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 (probably, painted)


ca. 1810 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas


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.).
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 68, 69
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.


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Landscape; Church; Moon




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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