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Creator:
John Constable, 1776–1837, British
Title:
Golding Constable's House, East Bergholt: the Artist's birthplace
Date:
ca. 1809
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 5 3/4 x 10 inches (14.6 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B2001.2.105
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
brushstrokes | buildings | clouds | dwelling | house | landscape | path | road | Romantic | rural | trees | village | wall
Associated Places:
East Bergholt | England | Europe | Suffolk | United Kingdom
Access:
Not on view
Curatorial Comment:
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Constable's father was a prosperous corn merchant and owned water mills in the Stour Valley at Flatford, Dedham, and East Bergholt, close to the large family house over which he presided, the rear view of which this sketch records. (The stand of trees and the lone poplar, on the right, and the sprightly little cupola make it clear that we are looking at the back of the house.) The church of East Bergholt would be visible here if the margin of the present composition were extended farther to the left. Constable in fact produced at least one other view of his birthplace in which he included the church, thereby gathering into the composition the symbolic presence of the two crucial components of the rural polity.-.the rector and the squire. As well, Constable painted views from the rear windows of East Bergholt House, in effect directing his gaze back out toward the ground from which this and related views of the back of the house were taken.
--Angus Trumble,2007-01
Exhibition History:
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The Paul Mellon Bequest : Treasures of a Lifetime (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-02-17 - 2001-04-29)

An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-04-18 - 2007-07-29)

An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy (Royal Academy of Arts, 2007-10-20 - 2008-01-27)

Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting (National Museum Wales, 2014-07-05 - 2014-10-26)

Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-03-06 - 2014-06-01)

Publications:
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John Baskett, Paul Mellon's legacy, a passion for British art : masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, p. 287, no. 95, pl. 95, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Robert Hoozee, L'opera completa di Constable, 98, Rizzoli, Milano, Italy, 1979, p. 96, no. 91, NJ18 C74 A12 +H66 (YCBA)

Leslie Parris, The Tate Gallery Constable collection, a catalogue , Tate Britain, London, UK, 1981, p. 44-47, fig. 2, NJ18 C74 P374 + (YCBA)

Martin Postle, Richard Wilson and the transformation of European landscape painting, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2014, p. 328, Cat. No. 160, NJ18.W72 R53 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Graham Reynolds, The early paintings and drawings of John Constable, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 1996, p. 149 (v. 1), no. 10.30, Pl. 859 [v.2], NJ18 C74 R484 1996 + (YCBA)

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 29, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA)

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 3, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

Constable, Portfolio, vol. no. 4, 1873, pp. 93-4, J10 P835+ (LSF)

Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:38533
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