East Bergholt Church from the South West
A tree lined view of the porch of East Bergholt Church from the South-west.
Believed to possibly be one of the two unidentified landscape studies exhibited by Constable at the Royal Academy the following year, its ambitious size gives support that the size and nature was to impress the friends to whom he may have shown it in 1817
Adding a strip to the canvas along the left hand edge enabled the artist to paint over, a fixed label on the back reads ‘from the collection of Lady Bradford, Manchester Square, London. (Lady Bradford W.A.H. Harding Trust: Christie's 16 March 1984 (42) bought for the gallery.
Painted in 1817, there are also two other known sketches of East Bergholt Church from the same standpoint of East Bergholt Church dated 1811-1815 and painted in a more summary manner suggesting both were earlier pieces of the artist's work, each showing the cast shadows indicating they had been sketched in the late afternoon.
One of which, a smaller pencil sketch 18.6x11.5cm, now held in a private collection and inscribed possibly by the artist in the lower left hand corner – E.B.Church 12 M.L.C, has such a similar view it has been questioned if it was painted on the same visit in 1817.