John Constable The Bridges Family 1804

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Artist
John Constable 1776–1837
Title
The Bridges Family
Date 1804
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1359 x 1838 mm
frame: 1595 x 2085 x 135 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Walter Bogue Bridges 1952
Reference
N06130
Not on display

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This group portrait of the banker and merchant, George Bridges, with his wife Mary and their eight children, is one of the largest portraits ever produced by Constable. The group is shown in what was probably the drawing-room of Lawford Place, Essex, which Bridges had built about 1790. Lawford church can be seen through the window. In 1912 D S MacColl, a former Tate Director, reported that, ‘Constable showed an admiration for one of his sitters, the lady at the spinet or early pianoforte, and that his visits were in consequence discouraged’.

May 2007

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