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Still Life Number 26: Silver Basket of Fruit

1857-1858
13 7/8 x 20 in. (35.2 x 50.8 cm)

Rubens Peale
American (Philadelphia, PA, 1784 - 1865, Philadelphia, PA)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on tin
Credit Line: Gift of Helen C. Ellwanger
Accession Number: 1964.40
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Location: Not currently on view

In March, 1856, Rubens Peale wrote: “I painted all day on Number 15 and Number 26 as it has been very stormy today, nothing going on out doors…. After this, however, visitors came to stay and part of the house was given over to them.”

What is somewhat surprising is that Peale, a member of the illustrious family of artists and naturalists, did not begin painting until he was seventy-one. Until then, his work had focused on museums and farming. Considering the artist’s limited visual acuity, the texture and color of the fruit and basket in this quiet still life are all the more remarkable.

[Gallery label text, 2005]

Provenance
Artist; to his son, Charles Willson Peale; to his daughter, Clara Elizabeth Peale (Mrs. Charles Karsner Mills); to her son, Albert Burd Mills; given to Helen Ellwanger, Rochester, NY, by 1947; given to the Gallery in 1964

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Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on Rubens Peale's Still Life Number 26, written by Susan Nurse.


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