Great British Art: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable


This week in our ongoing exploration of Great British Art we present Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable. We chose this one because it’s now gone on special exhibition at the National Museum in Cardiff Wales. Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows was painted by John Constable in 1831, one year after the death of his wife, Maria. He later added nine lines from “The Seasons” by the eighteenth-century poet James Thomson that reveal the painting’s meaning: That the rainbow is a symbol of hope after a storm that follows on the death of the young Amelia in the arms of her lover Celadon. Constable exhibited this painting at the Royal Academy in 1831, but continued working on it during 1833 and 1834. It was saved for the nation last year at auction when a partnership of several galleries in Britain got together to buy it from the owner. It will now tour Britain, shared between the five galleries with the National Museum in Cardiff as the first stop. Salisbury is one of our favorite cities to visit and the Cathedral is definitely worth a visit!

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    Good stuff…
    I possibly mentioned previously, but the church tower in the darkness on the left of the painting is Saint Thomas Church. It’s the one with the large medieval ‘Doom’ painting that we saw a few years ago. You can’t actually see it from the spot where Constable painted – I’m not sure whether you could in Constable’s time or not.

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