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All eyes are on Salisbury

Salisbury Cathedral can now be seen without any scaffolding for the first time in almost thirty years. The current restoration has taken eight years less than the original build in the thirteenth century. At the same time, apainting ofSalisbury Cathedral which sold last year for £3,500 has sold for £3.5m in New York after it was revealed to be by John Constable. Christie's assumed a fan had painted the study of Salisbury Cathedral in homage to Constable's famous 1831 work and valued it around £500. A collector bought it for £3,500 in June 2013 but, after taking a closer look, suspected the original artwork had been painted over. The painting had been heavily retouched in what experts say was a "misguided attempt to finish" it. Restorers removed these nineteenth century efforts and the oil painting was confirmed to be a Constable original. Experts said the previously unknown painting is one of several preparatory sketches Constable did before creating the masterpiece Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, which was bought by the Tate gallery last year for £23.1m. Before its sale in 2013, the painting had formed part of nineteenth century collection of William Henry Smith, founder of the high street stationery chain. It was displayed in Hambleden Manor, home to his descendants the Viscounts Hambleden, until the Elizabethan property was sold in 2007. The contents of the house - including the Constable painting raised £1.17m at auction. But this painting of Salisbury Cathedral was not considered an original, listing it as being by "a follower of Constable". The removal of the scaffolding at the Cathedral is timed to coincide with the eight hundredth anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, the best remaining copy of which is kept in the Charter House. Winkworth Salisbury  

Salisbury Cathedral can now be seen without any scaffolding for the first time in almost thirty years. The current restoration has taken eight years less than the original build in the thirteenth century.

At the same time, apainting ofSalisbury Cathedral which sold last year for £3,500 has sold for £3.5m in New York after it was revealed to be by John Constable.


Christie's assumed a fan had painted the study of Salisbury Cathedral in homage to Constable's famous 1831 work and valued it around £500. A collector bought it for £3,500 in June 2013 but, after taking a closer look, suspected the original artwork had been painted over. The painting had been heavily retouched in what experts say was a "misguided attempt to finish" it. Restorers removed these nineteenth century efforts and the oil painting was confirmed to be a Constable original.



Experts said the previously unknown painting is one of several preparatory sketches Constable did before creating the masterpiece Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, which was bought by the Tate gallery last year for £23.1m.

Before its sale in 2013, the painting had formed part of nineteenth century collection of William Henry Smith, founder of the high street stationery chain. It was displayed in Hambleden Manor, home to his descendants the Viscounts Hambleden, until the Elizabethan property was sold in 2007.



The contents of the house - including the Constable painting raised £1.17m at auction. But this painting of Salisbury Cathedral was not considered an original, listing it as being by "a follower of Constable".

The removal of the scaffolding at the Cathedral is timed to coincide with the eight hundredth anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, the best remaining copy of which is kept in the Charter House.

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