East Bergholt Church - John Constable

East Bergholt Church: John Constable

East Bergholt Church is an 1809 painting by English Romantic landscape artist John Constable. This work is located in the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut.

East Bergholt Church, also known as St. Mary the Virgin Church, is a historic Anglican parish church located in the village of East Bergholt in Suffolk, England. The church is an iconic landmark in the village and holds significant historical and architectural importance.

The origins of East Bergholt Church can be traced back to the 14th century, although there is evidence to suggest that a church has existed on the site since Saxon times. The current building predominantly dates from the 15th century, with later additions and renovations over the centuries.

East Bergholt Church has strong connections to the renowned English landscape artist John Constable, who was born in the village in 1776. Constable’s father, Golding Constable, served as churchwarden at St. Mary’s, and the artist himself attended services there during his formative years. The picturesque surroundings of East Bergholt, including the church tower, feature prominently in many of Constable’s paintings, immortalizing the village in art history.

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