Robert Edge Pine

Still Life with Palette and Brushes, Fruit and Flowers

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

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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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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