John Constable, 'Salisbury Cathedral Exterior from the South West'

John Constable, 'Salisbury Cathedral Exterior from the South West'

John Constable (1776-1837)
'Salisbury Cathedral Exterior from the South West'
1811
Black and white chalk on grey paper
Museum no. 292-1888

Constable has noted on the back that this drawing was done on the 11th and 12th of September 1811. Such a precise date emphasise how Constable’s drawings were a kind of visual diary. This drawing was done on the artist’s first visit to Salisbury and was the source of the well known painting – Salisbury cathedral from the Bishop’s grounds of 1832 (on display in the gallery on level 6). Constable frequently referred back to earlier drawings in his paintings in this way. In the final painting of Salisbury cathedral he omitted the tree in front of the right hand side of the cathedral to reveal more of the building.

This drawing can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 15.