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Oil painting - Golding Constable's House, East Bergholt
  • Golding Constable's House, East Bergholt
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Golding Constable's House, East Bergholt

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1811 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on millboard laid on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

This panoramic view depicts Constable's birthplace, with East Bergholt church to the left. The family left this house in 1819. It was later demolished. Constable recalled with delight the scenes where his 'ideas of Landscape were formed' and 'the retrospect of those happy days and years'.

Physical description

View of Golding Constable's house in oil. On the back was a label in ink which read "The house in which john Constable RA was born Painted by John Constable RA".
This is catalogue no.102 in Graham Reynolds "Catalogue of the Constabale Collection" (1960).

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


ca. 1811 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on millboard laid on panel


Height: 18.1 cm estimate, Width: 50.5 cm estimate, Height: 29.3 cm Frame, Width: 61.2 cm Frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

'In the year 1811 Constable's exhibits at the Royal Academy comprised 'Twilight', and 'Dedham Vale: morning' (now in the collection of Sir Richard Proby). He visited Suffolk in the spring and paid his first visit to Salisbury in the autumn: this was probably the occasion of his first meeting with John Fisher, who was to become his closest friend. His attachment to Maria Bicknell became known during this year, and he received her father's permission to write to her in October.'

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 69]

A related painting, View of East Bergholt House, was included in the following sale at Christie's: Important Old Master & British Pictures, 6th December 2007, lot 63.

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Golding Constable's House, East Bergholt', John Constable, ca. 1811

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

Parris, Leslie and Fleming-Williams, Ian. Constable London : The Tate Gallery, 1991
Gayford, Martin and Anne Lyles, Constable portraits: the painter and his circle, London, National Portrait Gallery, 2009.
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 69, 70, 72
Feaver, William, Lucian Freud on John Constable, London, British Council, 2003


Oil paint; Millboard; Panel


Oil painting




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