Thomas Churchyard

View on the Deben

Not on display

Thomas Churchyard 1798–1865
Oil paint on board
Support: 219 × 311 mm
Purchased 1972

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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 there included the poets Edward Fitzgerald and Bernard Barton. Churchyard admired Constable's work and owned several examples of it. His own watercolours and oil paintings, all small in scale, sometimes reflect this admiration but his work overall exhibits a wide stylistic range.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Thomas Churchyard 1798–1865

T01682 View of the Deben

Inscribed ‘TC/Be/sie’ on verso.
Oil on board, 8¿ x 12 3/16 (21.9 x 31).
Purchased from Eastbourne Fine Art (Grant-in-Aid) 1972.
Coll: the artist’s daughter Elizabeth (the ‘Be/sie’ of the inscription), who died in 1913; … Mrs Evelyn Hopkins, who gave it to the Seckford Library, Woodbridge; sold Arnott and Calver, Woodbridge, 2 July 1972 (46), bt. Eastbourne Fine Art.
Exh: East Anglian Paintings, Eastbourne Fine Art, 1972 (40).

The view is from Melton Dock, near Woodbridge, looking towards Sutton Hoo. Churchyard’s work is rarely dated and there seems as yet no means of discovering whether this is a painting of, say, the 1830s or the 1860s.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1972–1974, London 1975.


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