Que ceux qui seraient tentés de traverser la Manche avant l’automne fassent le détour par Salisbury (la plaine de Salesbières, tout de même, où s’ouvre et se ferme la destinée du royaume arthurien !).

Un grande exposition consacrée au peintre et aquarelliste John Constable (1776-1837) y rassemble des œuvres consacrées à des lieux mythiques comme Stonehenge, Old Sarum, ou aux paysages qui encadrent la grande cathédrale – dont on ne saurait trop vous recommander la visite.

Pour l’occasion, le musée a fait réaliser un docu-fiction sur Constable : le rôle du peintre est tenu par « notre » roi Arthur, Mark Freestone. L’heureux homme a eu le privilège de tourner au cœur de Stonehenge, dans la brume et le soleil levant.

Constable’s paintings and drawings of Salisbury and its surroundings have never, until now, been considered as a subject complete in itself. This exhibition will show well-known pictures in context for the first time, as well as giving the public the opportunity to see outstanding lesser-known works.

Some forty-five pencil drawings and sketches in oil and watercolour will be on show, as well as ten finished oil paintings and watercolours. The climax of the exhibition will be the 1831 ‘six-footer’, Salisbury Cathedral from the meadows, lent from a private collection. The exhibits will concentrate on Salisbury (the mighty edifice of Salisbury Cathedral and the abandoned fort at Old Sarum) but also Stonehenge, the coast at Weymouth, the Dorset village of Gillingham, and Downton in the New Forest,.

The Constable and Salisbury Project includes the exhibition; a specially commissioned accompanying film in the Museum; and the opportunity to explore the countryside and heritage in and around Salisbury.

20 May – 25 September 2011. Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum
The King’s House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Tel: 01722 332151
museum@salisburymuseum.org.uk