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A fruit piece / Houghton Gallery

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1838,0420.206

  • Title (object)

    • A fruit piece

    Title (series)

    • Houghton Gallery
  • Description

    A rich bouquet of flowers in a vase with classical reliefs; before it lie grapes, peaches, nuts and other fruits, all placed on a marble ledge; coat of arms at bottom; published state; after Jan van Huysum. 1781
    Mezzotint with stipple and etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1781
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 552 millimetres (cropped)
    • Width: 413 millimetres (cropped)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image, "Jan Van Huysum / fecit 1723", and below image with artists' and publisher's names and date. title and further line: "In the Cabinet at Houghton.", size of the painting and publication line: "Published Sepr. 1st. 1781, by John Boydell engraver, in Cheapside London."
  • Curator's comments

    From 'The Houghton Gallery', see 2005,U.109 for comment.
    After the 1723 painting by Jan van Huysum in the Hermitage, St Petersburg.
    Earlom made this as a pair to his 'A Fruit Piece', also after van Huysum and published in 1781 in the Houghton Gallery (Wessely 145, Rubinstein 60). The pair quickly became celebrated, and Duchesne in his account of the prints on display in the Royal Library in Paris in 1823 remarked that Earlom had to re-engrave the plates to meet the demand, but that the second version was not as good as the first.

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  • Bibliography

    • Wessely 1886 145.III bibliographic details
    • Rubinstein 1991 60 bibliographic details
    • Hollstein 7 (after Huysum) bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Imp)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1838

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1838,0420.206

A rich bouquet of flowers in a vase with classical reliefs, before it lie grapes, peaches, nuts and other fruits, all placed on a marble ledge; coat of arms at bottom; published state.  1781  Mezzotint with stipple and etching

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A rich bouquet of flowers in a vase with classical reliefs, before it lie grapes, peaches, nuts and other fruits, all placed on a marble ledge; coat of arms at bottom; published state. 1781 Mezzotint with stipple and etching

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