Art

Art Collection

The museum’s art collection includes works by J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, Augustus John, Louise Rayner, Peter Thursby and the archive of 20th century artist Rex Whistler. The collection (excluding the Rex Whistler and Peter Thursby archives) comprises approximately 4,000 items.

A View of the New Council House – Salisbury
The Bishop's Guildhall, a symbol of his power over both market and city, was a large structure built around 1300 at the eastern end of the Market Place.
Ashcombe
A panoramic view of Ashcombe, Wiltshire, artist unknown.
Castle Street, Salisbury
Castle Street has always been a main thoroughfare for travellers to and from places to the north of the city.
Choir and Lady Chapel, Salisbury Cathedral
The complex perspective in Turner’s depictions of the architecture of Salisbury Cathedral required careful planning.
Cottage Interior, Compton Basset
This delightful watercolour provides a fascinating glimpse of cottage life in about 1850 and has often been used to illustrate publications on the subject.
Council House, Salisbury
This painting shows the Council House before the 17th century alterations.
Distant View from Old Sarum
This view is derived from a pencil sketch Turner made in 1795 during his first visit to Salisbury.
Edward T. Stevens
Framed posthumous portrait of Edward T. Stevens, F.S.A, Director of the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. Painted by Henry Brooks.
High Street, Salisbury
An interesting pictorial record of Salisbury's busy High Street looking north towards St Thomas's Church.
Map of the City of Salisbury
This shows the grid pattern used in the layout of the streets and watercourses when the City was founded in the 1200s.
Miss Fort of Alderbury House
Miss Fort is shown holding a sprig of jasmine which may suggest she was painted on the occasion of her marriage.
Mrs Fowler
A framed oil painting by Henry Brooks, showing Mrs Fowler.
Mrs Ridout and the Coombe Express
It is recorded that Mrs Ridout operated as the proprietress of a carrier business.
North Porch of Salisbury Cathedral
This was one of the first Salisbury subjects that Turner completed for Sir Richard Colt Hoare.
Panoramic view of Salisbury from the North East
This early painting shows a naïve panoramic view of the spires and towers of the city's churches and other prominent buildings.
Poultry Cross at Salisbury
This market cross dates from c. 1450, the peak of the city's prosperity.
Salisbury Cathedral Interior, looking towards the North Transept
The complicated perspectives in this view of the Cathedral’s interior, make this one of Turner’s greatest architectural watercolours.
St Ann Gate
This drawing was made when Constable accepted an invitation to stay with the Bishop of Salisbury, Bishop Fisher and his wife.
Still Life
Still life was an art form favoured especially from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, particularly in Europe.
Still Life of a Hanging Bird, a Jar and a Cabbage
Still life was an art form favoured especially from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, particularly in Europe.
Stonehenge
This shows the reconstructed monument from a bird's eye perspective during a ceremony at the winter solstice.
Stonehenge
Turner’s well-known watercolour of Stonehenge was the most violent image in his series of Picturesque Views in England and Wales.
Stonehenge
This is an elegant watercolour, painted from life at Stonehenge. This image is both accurate as a portrait of the monument and also idyllic.
Stonehenge – Restoration
The painting is a simple, yet elegant watercolour.
The Cross at Salisbury, while under repair
The Poultry Cross at Salisbury, while under repair, 1874 (oil on board).
West View of Salisbury Cathedral
Hollar was born in Prague and came to England in the 1637 after taking employment with the Earl of Arundell.
Winterslow Beaker Burial
This painting is one of four by Thomas Guest within the museum’s art collection of some discoveries made by the Reverend A B Hutchins

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