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Oil painting - Old Sarum

Old Sarum

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1829 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on thin card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 88, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

This sketch depicts the abandoned medieval town of Old Sarum, near Salisbury. Constable remarked on its wild beauty and historical associations: 'The pomp of Kings, is now the Shepherd's humble pride'. He later published a print of the view and also painted a large watercolour of the subject.

Physical description

Lanscape in blues and greens with figures.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


1829 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on thin card

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in ink on back (Maria Louisa Constable)


Height: 143 mm estimate, Width: 210 mm estimate, Height: 453 mm Frame, Width: 504 mm Frame, Depth: 39 mm 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 painting, 'Old Sarum', John Constable, 1829

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

Parris, Leslie and Fleming-Williams, Ian. Constable London : The Tate Gallery, 1991
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 190, 194-195


Oil paint; Card


Oil painting

Subjects depicted





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