Thomas Churchyard

Aldeburgh Beach

Not on display

Thomas Churchyard 1798–1865
Oil paint on board
Support: 120 × 154 mm
frame: 240 × 269 × 60 mm
Presented anonymously in memory of Sir Terence Rattigan 1983

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Churchyard was a county court lawyer, a prolific amateur painter and a collector who lived at Woodbridge in Suffolk. His friends included the poets Edward Fitzgerald and Bernard Barton, a trio Fitzgerald called 'the chief wits of Woodbridge'. Churchyard admired Constable's work and owned several examples of it. His own watercolours and oil paintings, all on a small scale, sometimes reflect this admiration but his work overall exhibits a wide stylistic range.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry


Oil on board 4 3/4 × 6 1/16 (120 × 154)
Inscribed on the back ‘Emma -’ and ‘Harriett.’
Presented anonymously in memory of Terence Rattigan 1983
Prov: The artist's daughters Emma (1828–78) and Harriet Churchyard (1836–1927); bt at the latter's sale, Arnott & Everett, Woodbridge, 11 April 1927 (lot not identified) by Wilfred G. Watsham who sold it to the Revd Eric C. Charlesworth 1963; sold by him to the Simon Carter Gallery, Woodbridge, from whom bt by the donor 1967
Exh: Oils & Watercolours by Thomas Churchyard, Simon Carter Gallery, Woodbridge, December 1967 (9)

The exhibition mentioned above also included six drawings or watercolours by Churchyard of Aldeburgh beach and an oil sketch of the beach by his daughter Ellen. Numerous other watercolours of Aldeburgh subjects were included in the Churchyard exhibition held at Gainsborough's House, Sudbury in 1973.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986


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