Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable

This monumental work by one of Britain's most celebrated landscape artists was made following the death of Constable's wife in 1828.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
150 x 180 cm
Art Fund grant:
£629,000 ( Total: £23,100,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
2013
Vendor:
Private vendor

It was first exhibited at the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition in 1831, then subsequently at exhibitions in Worcester and Birmingham at the direction of Constable, who wanted the work to be seen by as many people as possible. 'I have no doubt of this picture being my best now', he wrote in July 1834. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

Artist’s sale 1838 where bought by Ellis; William Taunton by 1843; Christie’s, May 1846 where bought in; Christie’s May 1849 where bought by R Ought; Samuel Ashton 1850, bought from Agnew; by descent to present owner.

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