Fruit and Flowers

The arrangement includes poppies, hollyhocks, and celosia, as well as grapes, peaches, plums, melons, a pineapple, and a number of curious insects. The pineapple in the top right of the painting balances the diagonal thrust of the composition, although as an individual object it seems to have no effective means of support. In the 18th century, pineapples were relatively rare in Europe, and were considered an expensive delicacy.

Characteristic of 18th-century flower still lifes, the fruit and flowers are arranged on a ledge in front of a light-coloured background. Faint indications of trees suggest a garden setting.

 

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1754 - 1795
Full title
Fruit and Flowers
Date made
1789
Medium and support
Oil on mahogany
Dimensions
78.4 x 61 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by Frederick John Nettlefold, 1947
Inventory number
NG5800
Location in Gallery