Salisbury Cathedral



This breathtaking exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the remarkable work of John Constable (1776–1837) – one of the greatest English landscape painters. Constable’s art became the benchmark for naturalist painters in nineteenth-century Europe, particularly France.

The exhibition features more than 100 drawings, watercolours, oil paintings, and engravings, assembled from collections worldwide. The works range from sketches to finished masterpieces including A boat passing a lock and Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Grounds.

Constable was a great innovator whose rapid, on-the-spot sketches brought new vitality to the observation of nature. He produced most of his paintings in the open-air – not in the studio, as was common practice in his time.

This spectacular exhibition is a partnership between the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and Te Papa – the only venues where it will show. Don’t miss this rare opportunity.

Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Grounds, John Constable. 1823, oil on canvas. Reproduced courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, gift of John Sheepshanks in 1857 (FA33)