Cookmaid with Still Life of Fruit and Vegetables by Sir Nathaniel Bacon

This work epitomises fecundity and abundance.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
151 x 247 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,000 ( Total: £264,218; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
1995
Vendor:
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.

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