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The Cherry Seller: P.14888-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage

Titles

The Cherry Seller
Oval No. 81

Maker(s)

Printmaker: Le Blond, Abraham
Publisher: Le Blond & Co
Publisher: L.A. Elliott & Co

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Description

An itinerant fruit seller is seen at a cottage gate, weighing out cherries from a basket for two young boys. Written in pencil on the verso: '727 / 17/6 [17 shillings and sixpence]'; 'Oval Le Blond original subject / Cherry Seller'.

Notes

History note: Given by G.H.W. Rylands

Legal notes

Given by G.H.W. Rylands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given by Rylands, G.H.W.

Dating

19th century
Circa 1875 - Circa 1884

Note

Stamped at lower right: 'LE BLOND & CO LONDON / L.A. ELLIOT & CO BOSTON U.S.' From a set of 32 Baxter-process prints by George Baxter licensee, Abraham Le Blond known as 'The Ovals'. In a departure from Baxter, who stuck his prints onto embossed or printed mounts, Le Blond printed this set, probably with a view to economy, directly onto mounts after which an embossed border, title and number were then added. The Cherry Seller is one of three from the series (the others are Good News and The Young Angler) where the oval image is of a larger size, 7"x 5.5" rather than 6.5"x5". The stamp of L.A. Elliot & Co of Boston, which appears along with that of Le Blond & Co on many of The Ovals, indicates export to the U.S. and a later production date sometime between 1875 and 1884, as the Boston firm of Lucius A. Elliot was only known in the form 'L.A. Elliot & Co' between these dates. (Lycett and Martin, 1994, p.18). The Le Blond Ovals, almost certainly in all 32 cases, are reproductions after a series of small oval oil paintings on board by the artist, John Anthony Puller (1799-1886). Puller exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition between 1821 and 1862 and at the British Institution between 1825 and 1867. Many of his painted ovals, which compare exactly with the compositions of the Le Blond Ovals, have appeared at auction quite regularly during the last 20 years and it has been possible to trace 22 of Puller's compositions to the Le Blond Ovals. It is thought that Puller was probably contracted to produce the small oval paintings for Le Blond, although no evidence of this arrangement has come to light. (See New Baxter Society) Moreover, the fact that a number of small ovals on board by Puller of scenes which are not included in the Le Blond Ovals (such as 'A Travelling Pedlar' and 'A Picnic'), may indicate that a series of small oval compositions for the popular market originated with Puller and that it was Le Blond who struck a deal with Puller for the right to reproduce a selected number for his Baxter process series. For the transfer from painting to print, Le Blond employed the artists George Stone, his eldest son, Francis Le Blond and later his youngest son, Bernard Maynard Le Blond. (Lycett and Martin, 1994, p.19) Puller's, The Cherry Seller is also very similar in subject and detail to a painting by William Collins with the same title which shows an elderly male fruit seller wearing a beige coat and red waistcoat, holding a set of brass scales, a grape vine climbing the wall of the cottage behind him. This work was reproduced as an engraving c.1848 by George C. Finden (1811-1885) and published in the Art Journal. It was derived from a larger painting by Collins of the same name of 1824, which shows the same fruit seller with his donkey and scales standing in a road in front of a cottage, a mother and her three children beside him.

School or Style

British

Techniques used in production

Baxter-process print
Embossing

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14888-R
Primary reference Number: 239717
Courtney Lewis: 97
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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