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Temptation: A Fruit Stall

Oil Painting
1850 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The tradition of painting traders plying their wares out-of-doors in city and country was well-established by 1850, and Smith enhances the familiar subject by adding the specifically nineteenth-century theme of childhood. The expression on the face of the fruitseller, stationed outside the country school door, is well-observed, at once amused and disapproving, but alert to the fact that the mother is reaching into her purse. While in eighteenth-century pictures of similar subjects, the vendor would have been a pretty young woman, here the features of the stall-keeper is contrasted with the youth and attractiveness of her customers.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on panel
Brief Description
Oil painting entitled 'Temptation - A Fruit Stall' by George Smith. Great Britain, 1850.
Physical Description
The tradition of painting traders plying their wares out-of-doors in city and country was well-established by 1850, and Smith enhances the familiar subject by adding the specifically nineteenth-century theme of childhood. The expression on the face of the fruitseller, stationed outside the country school door, is well-observed, at once amused and disapproving, but alert to the fact that the mother is reaching into her purse. While in eighteenth-century pictures of similar subjects, the vendor would have been a pretty young woman, here the features of the stall-keeper is contrasted with the youth and attractiveness of her customers.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 63.5cm
  • Estimate width: 76.1cm
  • Framed height: 86.5cm
  • Framed width: 98.5cm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
'GS [monogram] 1850' (Signed and dated by the artist, lower right)
Credit line
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Object history
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 268
Collection
Accession Number
FA.186[O]

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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