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Oil painting - View in a Garden, with a Shed on the Left
  • View in a Garden, with a Shed on the Left
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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View in a Garden, with a Shed on the Left

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1821 (painted)

  • 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:

    Paintings, Room 88, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

This informal view of a back yard may depict the shed at 2 Lower Terrace, Hampstead. Constable described it in August 1821: 'I have cleared a small shed in the garden, which held sand, coal, mops & brooms & that is literally a coal hole, and have made it a workshop, & a place of refuge'.

Physical description

Landscape with a shed on the left and birds flying over the scene.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


ca. 1821 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on paper laid on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'On paper J. Constable R.A. Peel Feb 18 48. 5.'
Inscribed in ink on stretcher


Height: 302 mm estimate, Width: 238 mm estimate, Height: 54.4 cm Frame, Width: 49.9 cm Frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

The chief of Constable's four exhibits in 1821 was 'Landscape: Noon' ('The Hay Wain') (National Gallery No. 1207; for the full-scale sketch see No. 209 [987-1900] in this Catalogue). His third child, Charles Golding Constable, was born on 29 March. He accompanied Archdeacon John Fisher on his visitation of Berkshire in June, took No. 2 Lower Terrace, Hampstead, for his family during the summer and autumn and paid a visit to Fisher at Salisbury in November.

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 135]

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'View in a Garden, with a Shed on the Left', John Constable, ca. 1821

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

Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 135, 144, 146, 147


Oil paint; Paper; Canvas


Oil painting

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