John Constable

graphite drawing of church building in ruins

John Constable (1776–1837)
East Bergholt Church, from the Southwest
c. 1815–17
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Spooner Bequest, 1967

Constable was born in East Bergholt, Suffolk. The local church, St. Mary’s, appears more often in the artist’s oeuvre than any other subject. This drawing of the unfinished tower is unusual in its size and finish, as Constable preferred to make small on-the spot studies in sketchbooks.

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