Harnham Bridge, Salisbury
Harnham Bridge, Salisbury

Harnham Bridge, Salisbury

Attributed to John Constable (British, 1776-1837)

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John Constable was one of the foremost English landscape painters of the 19th century. Nearly all of his works, including this one, are informed by a fascination with changeable atmospheric conditions. Apart from his native East Anglia, Wiltshire and the Lake District, Constable traveled little and never left England. He loved Salisbury and frequently painted the graceful spire of its medieval cathedral, which can be seen on the far right side of this painting.

A.P. Fletcher, Oxford, England; by descent to Marjorie Fletcher, Constable’s wife’s great niece.{1} Colonel Maurice Harold Grant [1872-1962], London, England;{2} (John Nicholson, Gallery, New York, New York) in 1947; George Henry Alexander Clowes, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1947; Clowes Fund Collection, Indianapolis, Indiana, since 1958, and on long-term loan to the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 1971; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields in 2018.

{1} Typed excerpts from a 23 February 1934 letter by Marjorie Fletcher was shown to John P. Nicholson, and shared with Ivan Podgoursky at the time GHA Clowes purchased the painting. She writes that the painting was “in our family for three generations;” see Clowes Registration Archive, File C10025.
{2} In correspondence dated 13 February 1948, John P. Nicholson identifies that he obtained the painting from Colonel Grant the year before; see Clowes Registration Archive, File C10025
Colonel M.H. Grant was the author of several books on English landscape painting, including A Chronological History of the Old English Landscape Painters, 1926, reprinted 1957. See Clowes Registration Archive, File C10025

Object Information

artist
Attributed to John Constable (British, 1776-1837)
creation date
about 1821
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
21-1/2 x 31-1/2 in. (canvas)
31 x 39-1/2 in. (framed)
accession number
2018.26
credit line
The Clowes Collection
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors

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