Constable visited Salisbury seven times during his life.
This city and its surrounding countryside were to feature in more of his paintings that any other area, save his childhood home in the Stour Valley. While these Salisbury works have featured in every major Constable exhibition, they have never before formed a focus in their own right. Constable: The Soul of Landscape will explore the artist's friendship with Archdeacon John Fisher, and his relationship with the city, looking at those scenes " the cathedral, water meadows, the ancient fort at Old Sarum " that drew the artist back throughout his career.Including some 45 drawings and sketches as well as oil paintings and watercolours, the exhibition aims to provide a biographical context for some of Constable's best-known works, as well as showcasing some of his lesser-known. It also seeks to draw attention to the modernity of the painter's technique, exploring his handling of paint and his flexibility of style.