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AT AUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME: THE LAST RENDERING IN PRIVATE HANDS OF CONSTABLE’S ICONIC VIEW SALISBURY CATHEDRAL FROM THE BISHOP’S GROUNDS

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AT AUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME:

THE LAST RENDERING IN PRIVATE HANDS OF

CONSTABLE’S ICONIC VIEW

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL FROM THE BISHOP’S GROUNDS

London, 7 December 2021

London – Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Grounds, 1823, by John Constable will be offered at auction for the first time in Christie’s Old Masters Evening Sale on 7 December, as a highlight of Classic Week in London (estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000). This quietly beautiful landscape is a full-scale compositional oil sketch for a finished painting at the Huntington Library and Art Gallery in San Marino, California. Having remained in the artist’s family until the late-nineteenth century, where it was fondly referred to as The Vision, it is the only rendering of Constable’s celebrated view to remain in private hands. It is currently at Christie’s New York until 11 November, before being exhibited in Hong Kong from 25 to 29 November, ahead of the pre-sale London exhibition which will run from 3 to 7 December.

Clementine Sinclair, Head of Old Masters Evening Sale, Christie’s London commented: 

“Depicting the majestic building of Salisbury Cathedral with its soaring spire, this wonderfully fluid oil sketch forms part of a body of work executed during the 1820s for Constable’s most significant and enduring patron, John Fisher (1748-1825), Bishop of Salisbury, at a time when Constable’s biographer C.R. Leslie considered the artist’s art: ‘never more perfect, perhaps never so perfect’. We are thrilled to be offering this important work to the market for the first time.”

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