N02134 A Plate of Apples 1861
Inscribed 'Fantin 61' t.l.
Oil on canvas, 8 1/4 x 10 3/8 (21 x 26.5)
Bequeathed by Mrs Edwin Edwards to the National Gallery 1907; transferred c.1920
Prov: Mr and Mrs Edwin Edwards, Sunbury and London
Lit: Adolphe Jullien, Fantin-Latour: sa Vie et ses Amiti?s (Paris 1909), p.22; Mme Fantin-Latour, Catalogue de l'Oeuvre Complet (1849-1904) de Fantin-Latour (Paris 1911), No.251, p.35 as 'Fruits' (wrongly dated 1864); Frank Gibson, The Art of Henri Fantin-Latour (London n.d.), p.111
Repr: Edward Lucie-Smith, Fantin-Latour (Oxford 1977), pl.40
This appears to be No.251 in the oeuvre catalogue, listed among the works of 1864 and said to have been painted at Sunbury. The error in dating seems to be due to a misreading of the date, which though hard to make out is certainly 1861 (there is a label on the back with the title, artist's name, etc., and the words '1861 or 1864'). Fantin visited Mr and Mrs Edwards [see Tate N01952] at Sunbury in both these years: this picture must have been painted on the first occasion, during his second visit to England.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.215, reproduced p.215