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Oil painting - Temptation: A Fruit Stall
  • Temptation: A Fruit Stall
    Smith, George, born 1829 - died 1901
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Temptation: A Fruit Stall

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1850 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, George, born 1829 - died 1901 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1850 (painted)


Smith, George, born 1829 - died 1901 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

'GS [monogram] 1850'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower right


Height: 63.5 cm estimate, Width: 76.1 cm estimate, Height: 86.5 cm framed, Width: 98.5 cm framed, :

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'Temptation - A Fruit Stall' by George Smith. Great Britain, 1850.

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

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 268


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Selling; Fruit


Paintings; Eating


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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