Summer Evening, a view near East Bergholt showing Langham Church, Stratford Church and Stoke by Nayland Church, painted from the grounds of West Lodge (now Stour), the home of Constable's dear friend and elderly neighbour Mrs Sarah Roberts.
On 12th November 1811, Constable told Maria what he had painted that summer.
‘I have tried Flatford Mill again – from the lock – and some smaller things – one of them (a view to Mrs Roberts Lawn – by the Summers evening’ has been quite a pet to me.
This is also one of the pictures he later chose for inclusion in English Landscape, giving this the title ‘Summer Evening’. However it seems unlikely this was included in his exhibition of 1811, as stated in the 1869 catalogue, as records indicate it was more likely to have been ‘Dedham Vale Evening’
Donated to the V&A by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist 1888*