salisbury cathedral from the bishop’s grounds


  • Following the exhibition of the London version at the 1823 Royal Academy, Constable observed: “My Cathedral looks very well….It was the most difficult subject in Landscape
    I ever had upon my Easel.

  • [2] The artist selected a viewpoint from the bishop’s garden (the south-east) and returned in 1820 to make further drawings and an open-air oil sketch, now in the National
    Gallery of Canada in Ottawa,[3] which served as the model for the London version.

  • A full-scale replica of the painting also resides at the Frick Collection in New York City.

  • This image of Salisbury Cathedral, one of England’s most famous medieval churches, is one of his most celebrated works, and was commissioned by one of his closest friends,
    John Fisher, The Bishop of Salisbury.

  • A full-scale study for the Frick version is currently held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • His patron took exception to the dark cloud over the cathedral, and when he commissioned a smaller replica, requested “a more serene sky”.

  • A few gallery items found here.


Works Cited

[‘Constable, John (RA) (4 October 1823). “Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Ground” – via Victoria & Albert Museum.
2. ^ Jump up to:a b c “Constable”. National Gallery of Australia.
3. ^ “Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Grounds | National
Gallery of Canada”.
4. ^ “John Constable | Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Grounds”. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
5. ^ “MASP”.
6. ^ Huntington emuseum
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