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Oil - The Close, Salisbury
  • The Close, Salisbury
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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The Close, Salisbury

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Salisbury (made)

  • Date:

    15/07/1829 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case 22, shelf L

Physical description

Lanscape with figures, trees, and a cloudy sky.

Place of Origin

Salisbury (made)


15/07/1829 (made)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Close - 15 July - 1829 11. o clock noon - Wind S.W - very fine.'
Inscribed on the back in pencil by the artist

'J Constable R.A.'
Inscribed on the back with a copy in ink of the inscription on the front.


Height: 26.4 cm approx., Width: 20.3 cm approx., Height: 50.2 cm Frame, Width: 45.2 cm Frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

'Constable was elected R.A. on 10 February 1829. He exhibited 'Hadleigh Castle' (now in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon; see No. 127 [D.234-1888] in this Catalogue) and a landscape of a "rich cottage". He paid his last two visits to Fisher at Salisbury, in July and in November. His preparations for English Landscape Scenery got under way in this year: the earliest letter on the subject to Lucas printed by Shirley (S.: L., p. 20) is dated 28 August 1829.'

[G Reynolds, 1973, p.190]

Descriptive line

Oil sketch, 'The Close, Salisbury', Constable, 1829.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parris, Leslie and Ian Fleming-Williams, Constable London : The Tate Gallery, 1991. ISBN 1854370707 / 1854370715. 544 p. : ill. (some col.).
Morris, Edward, ed. Constable's Clouds: Paintings and Cloud Studies by John Constable , Edinburgh : National Galleries of Scotland ; Liverpool : National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, c2000. 176 p. : ill. (some col.). ISBN 1903278058 (paperback), 1903278066 (hardback).
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, p. 190
The Abstraction of Landscape: From Northern Romanticism to Abstract Impressionism Madrid: Fundación Juan March, 2007. ISBN: 978-84-7075-549-1.


Oil paint; Paper


Oil painting




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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