John Constable British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 808

In 1810, at the request of his aunt, Martha Smith, Constable painted an altarpiece for the church at Nayland, a village in Suffolk to the west of his native East Bergholt. When visiting his aunt, he would have passed by or through Stoke-by-Nayland. He made three drawings of the village and the church of St. Mary’s in a sketchbook dating to 1810–11. This is the earliest of three oil sketches of the subject. (The others are at Tate Britain and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.)

Stoke-by-Nayland, John Constable (British, East Bergholt 1776–1837 Hampstead), Oil on canvas

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