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  • Contrary to the wording of the title by which it is now generally known, this exquisitely fresh oil study directs the eye of the viewer north along Church Street in the village of East Bergholt, from a position slightly adjacent to the village green, barely one hundred yards from Constable's birthplace, East Bergholt House. In the middle ground, a red-brick shop partially obscures the tower that in the sixteenth century was added to the side of the medieval church facing the street, but never completed. Stands of trees that surround the church and partially obscure the peculiarities of its hybrid form also prevented Constable from finding an unobstructed vantage point from which to record a view of the whole building. Constable's maternal grandfather had been rector of East Bergholt church. When Constable was growing up, he worshiped there with his family on Sundays and walked past the church on his way to and from Dedham Grammar School. At that time, the sundial on the porch carried the elementary Latin inscription "Ut umbra sic vita" (Life is like [a] shadow).
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  • Contrary to the wording of the title by which it is now generally known, this exquisitely fresh oil study directs the eye of the viewer north along Church Street in the village of East Bergholt, from a position slightly adjacent to the village green, barely one hundred yards from Constable's birthplace, East Bergholt House. In the middle ground, a red-brick shop partially obscures the tower that in the sixteenth century was added to the side of the medieval church facing the street, but never completed. Stands of trees that surround the church and partially obscure the peculiarities of its hybrid form also prevented Constable from finding an unobstructed vantage point from which to record a view of the whole building. Constable's maternal grandfather had been rector of East Bergholt church. When Constable was growing up, he worshiped there with his family on Sundays and walked past the church on his way to and from Dedham Grammar School. At that time, the sundial on the porch carried the elementary Latin inscription "Ut umbra sic vita" (Life is like [a] shadow).
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  • Alternate title :: East Bergholt House from Church Street
  • Alternate title :: Shower at East Bergholt
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Charles Rhyne, A Slide Collection of Constable Paintings, Visual Resources, V. 4, 1987, p. 59, fig. 5, N4000 V57 (HAAS)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Giles Waterfield, Mr Mellon, RA : the magazine for the Friends of the Royal Academy, No. 96, Autumn 2007, pp. 71, 122, V 1905 (YCBA) , Detached from RA, no.96 (2007:Autumn)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Graham Reynolds, The early paintings and drawings of John Constable, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 1996, p. 135 (v. 1), no. 9.39 (v. 2), pl. 755 (v. 2), NJ18 C74 R484 1996 + (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Ian Fleming-Williams, The discovery of Constable, H. Hamilton, London, 1984, pp. 127-28, NJ18.C74 F55 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Ian St. John, East Bergholt, Constable country, Suffolk Walker, Colchester [England], 2002, p. 16, no. 21, V 0955 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: John Baskett, Paul Mellon's legacy, a passion for British art : masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, p. 287, no. 96, pl. 96, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Leeds Art Gallery, Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Works by and after John Constable, R.A. (1776-1837, Leeds, 1913, p. 57, no. 115, Fiche B46 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Leslie Parris, Constable, Tate Publishing, London, UK, 1991, p. 93, no. 27, pl. 27, NJ18 C74 P372 1991 + (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Leslie Parris, Constable, paintings, watercolours & drawings, Tate Publishing, London, UK, 1976, pp. 93-96, NJ18 C74 P37 + (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 28, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Paul Mellon, Reflections in a silver spoon, a memoir, W. Morrow, New York, 1992, btwn pp.382-83, N5220 M552 1992 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Robert Hoozee, L'opera completa di Constable, 98, Rizzoli, Milano, Italy, 1979, p. 94, no. 69, NJ18 C74 A12 +H66 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: The catalogue of a centenary memorial exhibition of John Constable, his origins and influence : illustrating the various periods of his work, also the work of his predecessors, and his influence on the art of his successors : 21st April to 29th May, 1937, held at Messrs. Wildenstein's Galleries, Wildenstein Galleries, London, 1937, pp. 22, 37, no. 30, NJ18 C74 T87 (YCBA)
  • Dimension height :: 20.2cm
  • Dimension width :: 15.7cm
  • Exhibition :: An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy
  • Exhibition :: John Constable (Tate)
  • Exhibition :: The Paul Mellon Bequest : Treasures of a Lifetime
  • Located in :: 401
  • Located in :: Bay21
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: On view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 401, Bay21
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: painting
  • Subject Concept :: buildings
  • Subject Concept :: church
  • Subject Concept :: clouds
  • Subject Concept :: houses
  • Subject Concept :: landscape
  • Subject Concept :: rain
  • Subject Concept :: road
  • Subject Concept :: study (visual work)
  • Subject Place :: East Bergholt
  • Subject Place :: England
  • Subject Place :: Europe
  • Subject Place :: Suffolk
  • Subject Place :: United Kingdom
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • East Bergholt Church
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