This work epitomises fecundity and abundance.
Cookmaid with Still Life of Fruit and Vegetables by Sir Nathaniel Bacon, 16201627
- Oil on canvas
- 151 x 247 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £20,000 ( Total: £264,218; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
- Ronald A Lee
The maid's cleavage echoes the opened melon the table. The genre of the work derives from the Low Countries and no other English artist of the period explored the genre. The picture combines vegetables and fruit that would have matured at differing times of the year, although all of them were being grown in England at this period.