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January 16, 2015


John Constable, The Bridges Family, 1804, oil on canvas, 135.9 x 183.8 cm, Tate Collection. Source

This is George and Mary Bridges and their rather large brood of eight children. The Tate states that a former director of the museum in 1912 spoke of the artist’s impression of one of the Bridges’ daughters. D. S. MacColl said that ‘Constable showed an admiration for one of his sitters, the lady at the spinet or early pianoforte, and that his visits were in consequence discouraged’.

1804 The Bridges Family by John Constable. 

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