Constable and Salisbury - tickets now on sale

Paintings and drawings of Salisbury by the great landscape artist John Constable are the subject of a major new exhibition at Salisbury Museum, which will be opening on Friday 20 May. Online ticketing for the exhibition has now gone live.

The exhibtion will feature over forty drawings, oil paintings and watercolours, including the famous 1831 'six footer', Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, on loan from a private collection. Other lenders include the V&A, British Museum, National Gallery London, Tate, Ashmolean Museum, National Trust, Fitzwilliam Museum, and National Gallery of Ireland.

Constable (1776-1837) made more paintings and drawings in and around Salisbury than of any other area, apart from the Stour Valley in Suffolk. He first visited the city in 1811, and came to Salisbury seven times. This area, and his friendship with Archdeacon John Fisher, were of great significance to him.

The exhibition will have an accompanying film showing Constable's better-known pictures in context. Richard Constable also talks about his great-great-grandfather on the film, which was shot on location with filmmaker and director John Keeling.

The exhibition will run until September 25, and entry will be by timed ticket which will also include entry to the entire museum. Individual tickets cost £8, with concessionary rates available, and there are also rates for group bookings as well as trails and guided walks, where you can see for yourself some of the landscapes represented in Constable's paintings and drawings.

The guest curator is Timothy Wilcox, who is acknowledged for his understanding of this period of English art, and whose previous Constable exhibitions have been on special themes.

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.

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Image: Stonehenge by John Constable (1836) Copyright: V & A Images, Victoria and Albert Museum, London