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On display at V&A South Kensington
Paintings, Room 88, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries

Golding Constable's House, East Bergholt

Oil Painting
ca. 1811 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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'.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
oil on millboard laid on panel
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'Golding Constable's House, East Bergholt', John Constable, ca. 1811
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).
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 18.1cm
  • Estimate width: 50.5cm
  • Frame height: 29.3cm (Note: Taken from frame)
  • Frame width: 61.2cm (Note: Taken from frame)
Style
Credit line
Given by Isabel Constable
Object history
Given by Isabel Constable, 1888
Historical context
'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.
Place Depicted
Summary
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'.
Bibliographic References
  • Parris, Leslie and Fleming-Williams, Ian. Constable London : The Tate Gallery, 1991no.22
  • 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
Other Number
102, plate 61 - Reynolds catalogue no.
Collection
Accession Number
583-1888

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record createdJuly 23, 2003
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