Golding Constable's Flower Garden by John Constable

This sparkling landscape depicts the view from Constable's parental house in Suffolk; it was painted from an upper window or the roof.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
33.1 x 50.7 cm
Acquired in:
1955
Bequeathed by:
Ernest Edward Cook through The Art Fund

It depicts the flower garden belonging to the artist's father and it was conceived with the painting of the Flower garden as a panorama, moving from the village at the left of the flower garden to the refectory and houses at the right of the kitchen garden. Particularly remarkable are the pinpoint strokes of color that describe the flowers and foliage in the foreground, the luminosity of the fields and the sky, and the unusual angle of vision, which immediately reveals that this is an eye-witness account of the scene. The painting was part of the Ernest Edward Cook's collection who bequeathed the entire contents of his house to the Art Fund. The bequest comprised of over 150 paintings, tapestries, furniture, silver and porcelain and was distributed to nearly 100 UK galleries.

Provenance

Part of the E E Cook collection, grandson of Thomas Cook of Thomas Cook Travel Agency. Died in 1955 and bequeathed the entire contents of his house at Bath to the National Art Collections Fund.

Venue details

Christchurch Mansion Christchurch Park, Soane Street, IPSWICH Suffolk IP4 2BE 01473 433 554 www.cimuseums.org.uk/Christchurch-Mansion

Entry details

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