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East Bergholt Church, looking out of the south artchway of the ruined tower

Looking out of the south tower of St Mary's Church. Watercolour over graphite on medium, slightly textured cream wove paper.


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Typically Constable is thought of as an oil painter. What is less well known is that he painted a number of fantastic watercolour landscapes in this period of 1802-1808, and this is one of just eight we can identify locally.

Although the artist sketched St Mary's Church on numerous occasions over the years, this is certainly the only one of a view looking out of the south archway of the ruined tower.

Inscribed in the artist's hand in pen and dark brown ink. 

Lower centre Bergholt Porch | Drawn by J Constable 1806+ Given to my friend J.T Smith 1823: inscribed on verso in graphite, lower left: Bergholt Church’

Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

 

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