East Bergholt Church the archway of the ruined tower
Images of ruins were a recurrent theme in Romantic art and literature and therefore can be difficult to date given the manner of use of watercolour. Inscribed on the back in pencil 'East Bergholt Church' it is believed this was painted between 1805-1811 as when compared to the earlier work 'East Bergholt Church' C1805, the medium is handled with less freedom and confidence.
Constable would return to painting ruins after the death of his wife in 1828, when they took on a more personal significance.
Donated to the V&A by Isabel Constable*, daughter of the artist in 1888
*Isabel donated most works she had inherited to the Victoria & Albert museum which consisted of 297 drawings and watercolours, and 92 oil paintings.