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Oil painting - A View at Salisbury, from the Library of Archdeacon Fisher's House
  • A View at Salisbury, from the Library of Archdeacon Fisher's House
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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A View at Salisbury, from the Library of Archdeacon Fisher's House

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Salisbury (made)

  • Date:

    12/07/1829 (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 103, shelf R

Physical description

Low flat landscape with a cloudy sky.

Place of Origin

Salisbury (made)


12/07/1829 (made)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Fisher's - Library - Salisbury Sunday July 12. 1829 4 o clock afternoon.'
Inscribed on the back in pencil by the artist; followed by a transcript of this inscription in ink.

'M.L.C.' [Maria Louisa Constable]
Initials inscirbed in pencil on the back.


Height: 16.2 cm approx., Width: 30.5 cm approx., Height: 41.3 cm frame, Width: 56.5 cm frame, Depth: 4 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, 'View at Salisbury, from the library of Archdeacon Fisher's house', Constable, 1829.

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

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
Hermine Chivian-Cobb, ed. Constable's Oil Sketches 1809-29. The Maria Bicknell Years New York: Salander-O'Reilly Galleries LLC, 2007.
Christine Dixon, Ron Radford and Lucina Ward, Turner to Monet. The Triumph of Landscape Painting Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, 2008. ISBN: 9780642541635.
Timothy Wilcox, Constable and Salisbury. The Soul of Landscape London: Scala Publishers Ltd, 2011. ISBN: 978 1 85759 678 6.


Oil paint; Paper


Oil painting

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