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Title

Study of grapes

(circa 1895)

Artist

Emily Meston

Australia

10 Jan 1866 – 07 Oct 1914

  • Details

    Date
    (circa 1895)
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    42.0 x 35.5 cm
    Credit
    Purchased 1895
    Location
    Grand Courts
    Accession number
    4441
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Emily Meston

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  • About

    Emily Meston was probably a more significant portrait painter than a painter of still lifes, but the Art Gallery of New South Wales rarely acquired large oil portraits by women, preferring small still-life studies which conformed to the 'decorative' stereotype then attached to 'women's art'.

    In the inaugural Society of Artists exhibition in 1895, however, when Meston's 'Portrait of Rev G McInnes' was shown alongside her 'Study of grapes', it was called 'the strongest portrait, so far as The Bulletin knows, yet painted in Australia by a woman'. The Trustees of the Gallery had purchased 'Study of grapes' nine days earlier.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications