John Constable
Brightwell Church and Village 1815

Artwork details

John Constable 1776–1837
Brightwell Church and Village
Date 1815
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 155 x 228 mm
frame: 330 x 404 x 55 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery, the Art Fund, the Wolfson Trust and National Westminster Bank 1980
Not on display

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This painting was commissioned in 1815 by the Revd FH Barnwell, a Suffolk antiquary who took a particular interest in the village of Brightwell near Ipswich. It shows the view looking north towards the church and includes, on the right, a farm formed from the outbuildings of the demolished Brightwell Hall. Constable rarely undertook commissions of this kind and the result is unlike any of his other works. It is as small as the oil sketches he made for his own reference, but as highly finished as any of his exhibition pictures.

May 2007

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