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Thomas Churchyard, Changing Pastures

Thomas Churchyard, Changing Pastures

Thomas Churchyard (1798-1865)

Changing pasture

Oil on panel

6¼ x 8½ inches


Provenance: Eastbourne Fine Art


Thomas Churchyard was a contemporary of Constable (attending the same school, 10 years apart) and their work has often been confused due to the similarities in style and subject. Indeed, one of Churchyards works even resided in the Paul Mellon Collection, Yale for a while, catalogued as Constable.


Churchyard was a lawyer by profession in Woodbridge but his lifelong enthusiasm was for painting and he produced hundreds of watercolours and oils. He formed a friendship with the poets Bernard Barton and Edward Fitzgerald and the group became known as the "wits of Woodbridge". Throughout his life he was an avid collector and his estate included works by Gainsborough, Constable and Crome. His work is held in the Tate Gallery, The British Museum, the V & A and the Ashmolean.


Works in Public collections: Ashmolean Museum


For further biographical information on Churchyard, see the entry on this superb website:

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