The Market Cart

The market cart is laden with fresh produce. On the right is a woodcutter, a favourite motif of Gainsborough's, but the composition is dominated by the grandeur of the trees.

This is one of Gainsborough's last landscapes. It was first exhibited in the artist's house in Pall Mall in 1786, the same year it was painted. Gainsborough added the figure of the woodman gathering faggots the following year.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1727 - 1788
Full title
The Market Cart
Date made
1786
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
184 x 153 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Governors of the British Institution, 1830
Inventory number
NG80
Location in Gallery