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The Doctor and His Mother

The Story of Two Portraits by John Constable

Until 10 May 2020
  • Christopher Wade Room

In 1829, John Constable painted a portrait of his doctor, Dr. Herbert Norman Evans, and sometime later an identical-sized portrait of Dr. Evans' mother, Deborah Mascall. Constable was living in Well Walk, opposite Burgh House, at the time. 

On long-term loan to Burgh House from the Reverend Norman Evans, direct descendant of the doctor, we take a closer look at these two pictures with their incredible journey, featuring a devastating theft, a rubbish dump in Brighton, international art auctions, the black market and skilled restoration work to bring the pair back together.