John Constable Golding Constable 1815

Artwork details

Artist
John Constable 1776–1837
Title
Golding Constable
Date 1815
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 759 x 632 mm
frame: 940 x 815 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Reference
T03901
Not on display

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This portrait depicts the artist's father who was the son of a farmer. In 1764 Golding inherited valuable property and land in the parish of East Bergholt from his uncle Abram, a successful corn merchant. This included the tenancy of the corn milling business of Flatford Mill on the river Stour. The business prospered under Golding’s direction, and by 1785 he was described by another miller as ‘a man of fortune’ who ‘lives in the style of a country squire’. This portrait is thought to date from 1815, when Golding was already in his seventies, although he looks considerably younger.

May 2007

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