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In 1825, following the death of his old friend Dr Fisher, Bishop of Salisbury, Constable decided to make a picture of Church Farm, Langham. He adapted a small sketch of the subject he had made many years before.

Dr Fisher had been Rector of Langham, and it was there that Constable had first met him. The bishop was to become an important patron, and his nephew, Archdeacon Fisher, a close friend. The finished composition, The Glebe Farm, is known in four versions. This one belonged to Constable’s friend and biographer, CR Leslie.

August 2004