Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Oil painting - A Cart on a lane at Flatford
  • A Cart on a lane at Flatford
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
  • Enlarge image

A Cart on a lane at Flatford

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    17 May 1811 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on paper laid on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case 49, shelf R

Physical description

Painting of a landscape with a man on a cart.

Place of Origin

England (made)


17 May 1811 (made)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on paper laid on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'17 May, 1811 L.B.C.'
Inscribed in ink on a label on the stretcher; the initials are those of Lionel Bicknell Constable, the artist's youngest son


Height: 15.2 cm estimate, Width: 21.6 cm estimate, Height: 45.2 cm Frame, Width: 50.2 cm Frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

'In the year 1811 Constable's exhibits at the Royal Academy comprised 'Twilight', and 'Dedham Vale: morning' (now in the collection of Sir Richard Proby). He visited Suffolk in the spring and paid his first visit to Salisbury in the autumn: this was probably the occasion of his first meeting with John Fisher, who was to become his closest friend. His attachment to Maria Bicknell became known during this year, and he received her father's permission to write to her in October.'

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 69]

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'A Cart on a Lane at Flatford', John Constable, 1811

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parris, Leslie and Ian Fleming-Williams, Constable London : The Tate Gallery, 1991. ISBN 1854370707 / 1854370715. 544 p. : ill. (some col.).
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, p. 69, 72


Oil paint; Paper; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Lanes (roads); Carts




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.