View towards the Rectory, East Bergholt
Having sketched this exact view the previous evening ‘East Bergholt Common towards the Rectory’ 1813, Constable painted this at sunrise the 19th August of this year.
1813 was a varied year beginning with Mr Bicknell disapproving of his correspondence with Maria. However by the May he was able to see her at his exhibition, and where he also sits next to Turner at the Academy dinner, and whom he finds ‘uncouth but with a wonderful range of mind’!
By the July he leaves London for the first time with ‘pockets full of money’ from his portrait work and by the August is back in his ‘beloved East Bergholt’ where he paints the view of the Rectory where Maria often stayed, and by the December meets with Maria briefly and then writes to her to say that after seeing her ‘when I return to my room – I detest the sight of my wretched pictures’
Credit line Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection*
*Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929) founder of Yale Centre for British Arts whose extensive gifts, loans and purchases are on display in the gallery.