Robert Edge Pine Still Life with Palette and Brushes, Fruit and Flowers c.1760–70

Artwork details

Artist
Robert Edge Pine before 1730–1788
Title
Still Life with Palette and Brushes, Fruit and Flowers
Date c.1760–70
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 452 x 617 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs Nancy McLean 1993
Reference
T06674
Not on display

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Pine was described as an 'eminent painter' as early as 1748. He was a successful portrait and history painter in London, Bath and, after 1783, in America. This is the only still life known by him. A piece of paper with his name and 'London' lies under the palette and brushes. The picture presents the tools of his trade as part of a rich still life arrangement which, with its lush grapes, full-blown roses and honeysuckle, is literally suggestive of the sweet smell of success. It may have been a student exercise in colour and handling, or it could have served as a charming advertisement in the painter's studio or shop window.

September 2004

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