Salisbury Cathedral: exterior from the south-west thumbnail 1
Salisbury Cathedral: exterior from the south-west thumbnail 2
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On display at V&A South Kensington
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Salisbury Cathedral: exterior from the south-west

Drawing
1811 (drawn)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Constable has noted on the back of the drawing that it was done on 11 and 12 September 1811. Such a precise dating emphasises how Constable's drawings were a kind of visual diary. This drawing was done on the artist's first visit to Salisbury. It was the source for the well-known painting Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Grounds of 1832, which is also in the V&A’s collection. Constable often referred back to earlier drawings in his paintings in this way. The finished painting, though, was not always an exact transcription of the drawing.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Black and white chalk on grey paper
Brief Description
John Constable, Salisbury Cathedral: exterior from the south-west, 1811, Reynolds cat. no. 105
Physical Description
View of Salisbury Cathedral with large tree in foreground in black and white chalk on grey paper.
Dimensions
  • Height: 195mm
  • Width: 299mm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973
Marks and Inscriptions
Salisbury Cathedral Sepr. 11 & 12--1811--S.W. view-- (Inscribed on the back in pencil by the artist Salisbury Cathedral Sepr. 11 & 12--1811--S.W. view--)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist
Historical context
'In the year 1811 Constable's exhibits at the Royal Academy comprised 'Twilight', and 'Dedham Vale: morning' (now in the collection of Sir Richard Proby). He visited Suffolk in the spring and paid his first visit to Salisbury in the autumn: this was probably the occasion of his first meeting with John Fisher, who was to become his closest friend. His attachment to Maria Bicknell became known during this year, and he received her father's permission to write to her in October.'



[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 69]
Place Depicted
Summary
Constable has noted on the back of the drawing that it was done on 11 and 12 September 1811. Such a precise dating emphasises how Constable's drawings were a kind of visual diary. This drawing was done on the artist's first visit to Salisbury. It was the source for the well-known painting Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Grounds of 1832, which is also in the V&A’s collection. Constable often referred back to earlier drawings in his paintings in this way. The finished painting, though, was not always an exact transcription of the drawing.
Bibliographic References
  • Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 69, 72-74
  • Timothy Wilcox, Constable and Salisbury. The Soul of Landscape London: Scala Publishers Ltd, 2011. ISBN: 978 1 85759 678 6.
Other Number
105, plate 73 - Reynolds catalogue no.
Collection
Accession Number
292-1888

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