National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Salisbury Cathedral from Lower Marsh Close John Constable (artist)
British, 1776 - 1837
Salisbury Cathedral from Lower Marsh Close, 1820
oil on canvas
overall: 73 x 91 cm (28 3/4 x 35 13/16 in.) framed: 97.1 x 115.6 x 10.7 cm (38 1/4 x 45 1/2 x 4 3/16 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
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From the Tour: Constable and Turner — British Landscapes of the Early 1800s
Object 2 of 11

Conservation Notes

The medium-fine canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The top of the canvas has been cut down and folded over and later torn off, and the top inch of the picture is on a separate fabric strip which has been painted subsequently (this in turn has been folded over). The ground is white, of moderate thickness. There is a thin streaky brown imprimatura. The painting is executed sketchily, leaving large areas of the imprimatura revealed, and worked with impasto and scrubbing; the paint layers in much of the landscape are blended wet into wet, with many of the smaller details added as dabs of paint over a dried underlayer. The impasto has been flattened during lining. Repainting in the sky at upper right and along the bottom edge center was adjusted in 1948. The moderately thick natural resin varnish has discolored yellow to a significant degree.

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