East Bergholt Church, view from the East
A watercolour showing East Bergholt Church from the east under a sunny sky with a few small clouds. A group of trees stands in the distance on the left and it is inscribed on the back in pencil by the artist June 1806.
Constable went on to spend two months among the English Lakes and mountains around Windermere in this year where he also made a great number of sketches, pencil and oil, some quite large in size, some on tinted paper, others in black and white but all grand and solemn effects of light and shade and colour.
Constable is known to have made at least two watercolours of East Bergholt Church but this is the only one to include the surrounding landscape.
Donated to the V&A by Isabel Constable*, daughter of the artist, 1888
*Isabel Constable, the last surviving daughter of the painter gave the residual contents of her father's studio to the Victoria & Albert Museum which comprised of 395 oil paintings, sketches, drawings, watercolours and sketchbooks.