Stonehenge 1836

Constable, Stonehenge

The huge structure near Salisbury (unrestored in Constable's time) was built about five thousand years ago : it was a temple of the sun and the moon. The designers were excellent astronomers and ingenious organisers and builders.

Comment on the skyscape, and on the composition of the painting. Compare it with the picture of Salisbury Cathedral.

John Constable
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