Constable and Salisbury - exhibition now open

Constable and Salisbury – Salisbury Museum’s major summer exhibition is now open.

The exhibition, timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Constable’s first visit to Salisbury, contains over forty original oil paintings, watercolours and drawings, including the famous Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows.

The exhibition has been seen by over 5,000 visitors in its first few days of opening.Visitors have remarked that the exhibition is ‘staggering’ ‘...a treat’, ‘quite remarkable’ and ‘such a pleasure’.

Reviews in the media have said:

‘The rare opportunity to see Constable’s iconic paintings of the cathedral, within sight of it, is not to be missed.’ Simon Wilson, Royal Academy of Arts Magazine, Summer 2011

‘It’s still a rare old treat to see so much of Constable’s Salisbury in one gallery. And, best of all, the scenes he painted are only a short walk away.’ William Cook, The Spectator, 28 May 2011

‘Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows... is a picture of a church and a portrait of pain. You may never get a chance to see it in Salisbury again, so do’ Charles Darwent, Independent on Sunday, 29 May 2011

‘Constable’s most dramatic subjects – Stonehenge, as well as Salisbury Cathedral – are shown close to the sites that inspired them. There are some outstanding works in this impressive show.’ The Sunday Times Critical List, 5 June 2011

Visit Constable and Salisbury this summer and see if you agree.



The exhibition features over forty original Constable oil paintings, watercolours and drawings on loan from the Ashmolean Museum, British Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, Gallery Oldham, National Gallery London, National Gallery of Ireland, National Trust, Tate, V&A, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath and private lenders.

The exhibition also includes:

  • An introductory film
  • A display about Constable’s seven visits to Salisbury
  • A separate exhibition of works from the museum’s collection from Constable’s time.
  • Trails of the Cathedral Close, Harnham and the wider Wessex region
  • A catalogue to accompany the exhibition written by the exhibition curator Timothy Wilcox and published by Scala.

The principal supporters of the exhibition are: The Foyle Foundation, The Linbury Trust, Wilsons Solicitors LLP, Wiltshire Council and Woolley and Wallis Fine Art Auctioneers.

The museum has also received generous support from the Finnis Scott Foundation, The Idlewild Trust, The Rothermere Foundation, The Walter Guinness Chairitable Trust, Smith and Williamson, Strutt and Parker, Wessex Water, Wood BMW and many private benfactors.