East Bergholt House
Constable was deeply attached to his birthplace, East Bergholt House, which his father had built when Flatford Mill became too small for his growing family. Although the house was pulled down c1840, the stable block and outbuildings survive
Constable painted views from the front and back of the house on many occasions and chose it as the frontispiece for English Landscape (1832) where he wrote in the accompanying inscription:
‘This place was the origin of my Fame’
It was in this year that Constable started courting his childhood friend Maria Bicknell, daughter of a solicitor to the Admiralty and whose grandfather was the rector of East Bergholt, where she and John had first met in 1800.
The two fell in love in 1809, but because of Maria’s Grandfather Dr Rhudde's opposition, they did not marry for some years.
Donated by Isabel Constable to the Tate in 1887