Golding Constable’s House, East Bergholt 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.
Golding Constable was the father of the renowned English landscape painter John Constable. Golding was born in 1739 and was a prosperous corn merchant in East Bergholt, Suffolk, England. He married Ann Watts in 1775, and the couple had several children, including John Constable, born in 1776.
Golding Constable played a significant role in shaping John Constable’s early life and providing him with support. While Golding hoped his son would follow in his footsteps and become a successful businessman, John’s passion for art led him down a different path. Despite the initial resistance, Golding eventually supported his son’s artistic ambitions.
Golding Constable passed away in 1816, before he could witness the full extent of John’s success as a landscape painter. Constable painted numerous pictures of his father’s various properties, including houses such as this one, and his gardens.