Constable and Gainsborough Paintings in Ipswich

POSTED ON: 30/07/2020

Explore the paintings of John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough in Ipswich.

Christchurch Mansion, in Christchurch Park, is home to the world's most significant collection of Constable paintings and artworks; along with a rare selection of Gainsborough landscape paintings and portraiture.

Both the artists have a strong connection with Ipswich and Suffolk, and many of their landscape paintings are of the town or the surrounding countryside; some of these places you can still visit to this day.


Who was John Constable? (1776-1837) 

Born in East Bergholt in Suffolk, Constable is one of Britain's most famous landscape painters, known for his revolutionary 'moody' style of oil painting. As a young artist, he went on amateur sketching trips in the Dedham Vale on the Suffolk-Essex border, giving the area the name "Constable County". 

Who was Thomas Gainsbrough? (1727-1788)

Born in Sudbury on the western edge of Suffolk, Gainsborough is a famous portrait and landscape painter best known for his quick painting style and for being a founding member of the Royal Academy. Gainsborough moved to Ipswich in 1752 and made many paintings of the town and towns-people that he knew.


Here are 10 paintings by Constable and Gainsborough that are currently on display in Christchurch Mansion

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Golding Constable's Flower Garden (1815)
by John Constable


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Golding Constable's Kitchen Garden (1815)
by John Constable


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The Ladies of the Family of Mr William Mason of Colchester (1802-1806)
by John Constable

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Farm Care Horse in Harness (1814)
by John Constable


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The Mill Stream, Willy Lotts House (1814-1815)
by John Constable


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Holywells Park (1748-1759)
by Thomas Gainsborough


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Cottage Door with Girl and Pigs (1786)
by Thomas Gainsborough


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Country Care Crossing a Ford (1786)
by Thomas Gainsborough

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William Wollaston (1759)
by Thomas Gainsborough

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Mrs Bedingfield and Her Daughter (1770)

by Thomas Gainsborough


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