Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows
Constable valued the opinion of his friends as evidenced by this 29 July 1834 letter to his friend William Purton:
“My dear Purton,
Should you have time to look in tomorrow or next day I should be glad. I have done wonders with my great Salisbury – I have been preparing it for [exhibition in] Birmingham, and I am sure I have much increased its power and effect – I do hope you will say so. I should much like you to see it, because as you are so good as to look at my things at all, I argue you see something to admire in them, and I have no doubt of this picture being my best now….
I am, dear Purton, yours most truly,
John Constable, John Constable’s Correspondence, R.B. Beckett, ed. Suffolk, UK: Suffolk Records Society, 1966, vol. 5, p. 42.