John Constable
East Bergholt House c.1809

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John Constable 1776–1837
East Bergholt House
Date c.1809
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 225 x 686 mm
frame: 369 x 827 x 65 mm
Acquisition Presented by Miss Isabel Constable 1887

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Constable was deeply attached to his birthplace, East Bergholt House, which his father had built when Flatford Mill became too small for his growing family. Although the house no longer exists (it was pulled down in 1840 or 1841), the stable block and an outbuilding survive. Constable painted views from the front and back of the house on many occasions and chose it as the frontispiece for English Landscape (1832). He wrote in the accompanying inscription: ‘This place was the origin of my Fame’.

May 2007

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