|Thomas Churchyard (1798-1865)|
The River Deben at Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Oil on panel
7 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches.
This painting shows the River Deben flowing past the artist's home town of Woodbridge in Suffolk. The view is from Sutton Hoo looking north towards St Mary's Church whose spire is visible in the distance.
Thomas Churchyard (1798-1865):
Thomas Churchyard was a well known Suffolk landscape painter who lived in Woodbridge where he practised as a lawyer. It is said that he rather neglected his legal business in order to paint. He occasionally visited London but mostly painted in his native Suffolk. Born twenty two years after John Constable, it is likely that Thomas Churchyard made his acquaintance and was certainly a leading disciple of his fellow Suffolk painter. It is thought that he may have sketched with Constable with whom he shares a certain spontaneity and truthfulness to nature. Churchyard's early sketches bear a very close resemblance to the master. Churchyard so admired Constable that he copied the Constable paintings that he had in his own collection. His works are seldom signed or dated and he preferred to paint in oils on panel or board. He also painted in watercolour. Collections: British Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum; Norwich Castle; Ipswich Art Gallery; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and elsewhere.