There was a radical shift in the second half of Constable’s career as the ‘truth to nature’ of his earlier Suffolk works began to give way to a more synthetic, studio-based practice and a wider range of subject-matter. In this lecture Anne Lyles will discuss the paintings, watercolours and drawings Constable made after about 1825, with their looser, vivid handling. She will also examine the late Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows in the context of Constable’s mature style, and consider how it was viewed by his contemporaries as well as the changing reactions to the picture over time.
Aspire is a partnership programme touring Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 across the UK. Aspire is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund.