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A Hayfield near East Bergholt at Sunset

Oil Painting
04/07/1812 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This view is towards the west. In July 1812 Constable explained his choice of an evening subject: 'I do not study much abroad in the middle of these very hot bright days...last year I almost put my eyes out by that pastime'.


Object details

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Object type
TitleA Hayfield near East Bergholt at Sunset (popular title)
Materials and techniques
oil on paper; laid down on canvas at a later date
Brief description
Oil painting, 'A Hayfield near East Bergholt at Sunset', John Constable, 1812
Physical description
This is catalogue no.115 in Reynolds "Catalogue of the Constable Collection" (1960), plate 70.
It is inscribed in lower right corner in oil by the artist "July 4 1812".
The scene is near East Bergholt : the sun is setting amid red clouds in undulating country, illuminating stooks of hay in a field in the foreground.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 160mm
  • Estimate width: 318mm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973
Style
Marks and inscriptions
'July 4 1812' (Inscribed in oil by the artist, lower right)
Credit line
Given by Isabel Constable
Object history
Given by Isabel Constable, 1888
Historical context
In 1812 Constable's exhibits at the Royal Academy were 'Salisbury: Morning', 'A Watermill' (Flatford Mill) (see No. 103 [135-1888]) and two small landscapes. Apart from a possible brief visit to Salisbury (see No. 118 [263-1888]) he spent most of the supper in Suffolk.

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 77]
Subjects depicted
Place depicted
Summary
This view is towards the west. In July 1812 Constable explained his choice of an evening subject: 'I do not study much abroad in the middle of these very hot bright days...last year I almost put my eyes out by that pastime'.
Bibliographic references
  • Parris, Leslie and Fleming-Williams, Ian. Constable London : The Tate Gallery, 1991 no.34
  • Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, cat. no. 115
  • Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 77, 78, 80
Collection
Accession number
121-1888

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Record createdJuly 23, 2003
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