BIG news from the galleries today. I’ll start at the beginning!
John Constable (who was born in 1776, and died in 1837) is one of Britain’s best landscape painters. One of his very important paintings, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (painted in 1831) has been saved for the nation. This means that lots of groups and individuals (including Tate) put their money together to make sure the painting stays in galleries so you can come to visit it at a museum near you. You can come see it today if you (and your adults) like!
* The painting cost £23.1 million pounds (that’s a LOT of money – but it was actually a bit of a bargain because it’s worth around £40 million)
* It will be at Tate Britain until the end of the year, in the Constable Room.
* It will then go to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales; the National Galleries of Scotland; Colchester and Ipswich Museums, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. It will go to those galleries for about a year each, and then back to Tate Britain in 2018
* It was at the National Gallery before coming to Tate Britain, and was there from 1983 – have you seen it already?
* If you have seen it, you’ll know it’s very big – over six feet wide!
* Constable loved this painting – he called it The Great Salisbury and said:
“I am told I got it to look better than anything I have yet done.”
To celebrate, Tate Kids have made a special Constable playsheet (it’s quite a large PDF file, by the way). Download, print and enjoy! Feel free to send me scans or snaps of your sheets to email@example.com and I’ll post some up on this blog.
See you in the Constable room soon, I hope!