Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Grounds, c.1825
The English landscape painter came from the Romantic tradition and is credited for the revolutionising of the landscape painting genre.
Constable was integral to the move to the Modernist spirit, from 19th century painting.
The artist had immense skill with landscape work which can be seen in the great detail of the Cathedral.
As a gesture of appreciation for John Fisher, the bishop and his wife can be seen in the bottom left corner – included by Constable in appreciation of the bishop’s commission.
The painting became Constable’s main entry into the Royal Academy’s 1823 exhibition, mainly due to his inability to finish ‘The Lock’ in time.
He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts at the age of 52, making him a member of the establishment.
Oil on canvas