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Title

Study of grapes

(circa 1895)


Artist

Emily Meston

Australia

10 Jan 1866 - 07 Oct 1914


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.


Details


Date

(circa 1895)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

42.0 x 35.5 cm


Credit

Purchased 1895


Accession number

4441


Artist information

Emily Meston

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Joan Kerr (Editor), Heritage: The national women's art book, Sydney, 1995, 10, 11 (colour illus.). cat.no. 14. Entry by Joan Kerr. Biography by Joan Kerr pg.406.