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The Ascension

Photo credit: The Constable Trust

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'The Ascension' is the best of only three religious paintings by John Constable, all of which were commissioned for churches in his native Stour Valley. It was commissioned in 1821, the year that he completed 'The Hay Wain', as an altarpiece for St Michael’s Church, Manningtree. The other two earlier works were painted for the parish churches of Brantham in Suffolk and Nayland in Essex. There is debate as to whether the painting represents the Resurrection or the Ascension.

St Mary's Church


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    160 x 127 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1999


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St Mary's Church

High Street Dedham, Colchester, Essex CO7 6DE England

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