East Bergholt Common, View Towards the Rectory
Believed to have been painted in the summer of this year from an upper window of East Bergholt House, the Rectory concealed by trees is bathed in light from the bright summer’s day.
Sketched in the afternoon of 18th August, the artist painted the exact same view the following morning at sunrise 19th August, ‘View towards the Rectory, East Bergholt’ 1813
This view was very dear to the artist at this the time of his long courtship with Maria and in the summer of the previous year he wrote ‘I see all those sweet fields = where we have passed so many happy hours together – it is with a melancholy pleasure that I revisit those scenes that once saw us so happy – yet it is gratifying to me to think that the scenes of my boyish days should have witnessed by far the most affecting event of my life.
Maria would often stay at the Rectory when visiting with her grandfather Dr Rhudde, Rector of the parish.
A Gift to the Manton Art Foundation and currently on show at The Clark Museum, Massachusetts
Isabel Constable, the artist’s daughter, by descent (d. 1888, her sale, Christie’s, London, 28 May 1891, no. 124, as A Sketch. “18th Aug. 1813,” bought in or sold to Colquhoun);¹ Ernest Alfred Colquhoun (from 1891); Janet E. Colquhoun, by descent; sale, Sotheby’s, London, 19 July 1978, no. 92; [Richard Green Gallery, London, by 1979]; private collection, London; [Deborah Gage ( Works of Art) Ltd., sold to Manton, 10 Apr. 2002]; Sir Edwin A. G. Manton (2002–d. 2005); Manton Family Art Foundation (2005–7, given to the Clark, as View toward the Rectory at East Bergholt); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2007. 1. Colquhoun had consigned the works from Isabel Constable’s collection to Christie’s; it is therefore unclear whether he owned them or was acting as an agent.
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