If you haven’t had a chance to pop along to Christchurch Mansion and see the Constable painting “Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows”I’d certainly recommend it, writes Ipswich Council Leader and Parliamentary Candidate, David Ellesmere.
The work is regarded as one of Constable’s most important and he himself thought it was one of his masterpieces.
In 2013 it was in danger of being sold abroad and was saved for the nation by, amongst others, the National Lottery and the Art Fund.
If you’ve ever been disappointed when you’ve seen a famous painting in real life - I remember being distinctly underwhelmed when I saw the Mona Lisa - have no fear. This is one of Constable’s “six footers”. A truly monumental painting in every sense.
Its special, non-reflective glass means that it is possible to get close and see every detail. In fact it’s so transparent Mansion staff told me that they had been berated by a visitor who thought that the painting didn’t have any glass and wasn’t being protected properly!
We are extremely lucky to have attracted this important painting to Ipswich. It is another sign that we are becoming a major regional centre for arts and culture.