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Still life: apples and jar

circa 1912-circa 1916


Samuel John Peploe


27 Jan 1871 - 11 Oct 1935


Samuel Peploe is typical of the many British artists who succumbed to the magnetism of Cezanne in the early part of the twentieth century. One of the so-called Scottish colourists, a loosely allied quartet of post-impressionist painters, he made a decisive visit to France before the war, during which time this well-constructed still life was completed. Generous in its dispersal of pigment, it is nonetheless an example of modernist 'belle maniere' - refined and beautiful painting. The surface appearance of this work derives from a system of square-brushing that links Peploe, via Cezanne, back to artists of the nineteenth-century Glasgow School like John Lavery. Naturally, Peploe saw himself as a modern, but he was also a patriot for whom national sentiments had their place in art. In the 1920s he and his closest colleague, Francis Cadell, painted views of the Scottish regions which they dubbed 'Ionascapes'.

AGNSW Handbook, 1999.



circa 1912-circa 1916

Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


51.0 x 55.8 cm stretcher; 69.5 x 74.5 x 7.7 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1947


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Samuel John Peploe

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


William Mactaggart, Scotland

The Scottish Gallery, 1947, Edinburgh/Scotland, Purchased by the AGNSW from the Scottish Gallery 1947

Referenced in 8 publications


Stanley Cursiter, Peploe, London, 1947, (illus.). plate no. 20

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 149 (illus.).

Renée Free, AGNSW Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 156 (colour illus.).

Ted Gott, Laurie Benson and Sophie Matthiesson, Modern Britain 1900-1960, Melbourne, 2007, 29 (colour illus.).

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Paintings and Sculpture', pg. 17-77, Sydney, 1999, 56 (colour illus.).

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 145. 1738

The Scottish Gallery, Paintings and drawings by S. J. Peploe, R.S.A. (1871-1935), Edinburgh, 1947. 25

Scottish paintings in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1981, (illus.). no catalogue numbers