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A Fruit Market: P.14999-R

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Current Location: In storage


A Fruit Market
Houghton Gallery


Printmaker: Earlom, Richard
Publisher: Boydell, John
Draughtsman: Farington, Joseph (After)
Painter: Snyders, Frans (After)
Painter: Boeckhorst, Jan (After)




After the painting by Frans Snyders (1579-1657) and Jan Boeckhorst ['Long John'] (1605-1668), (between 1618 and 1621, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, [as 'Fruit Stall' with additional attribution of landscape to Jan Wildens (1586-1653)], entered the Hermitage in 1779; acquired from the R. Walpole collection, Houghton Hall, England, ??-596). A scene at a fruit market; a large table laden with baskets of fruit at centre right, including a basket of apricots which a monkey is in the process of tipping over. A squirrel sits on the upper edge of the basket. Below the table are baskets of melons, pears, grapes, pomegranates and pineapples. To the left, a female customer carrying a basket of purchases on her left arm tests the firmness of apricots taken from a plate held by the stall holder. The customer's dog barks at something or someone unseen.


History note: An encircled 'K' in the FM annotated Nagler and large 'K' in the annotated Wessely (Earlom) refer to this Kerrich print. The '7' inscribed on the recto at lower left relates to a handwritten Museum register of loose Kerrich prints where this print is listed as no. 7 ('after Synders & Long John by Earlom 'the fruit market') in the Kerrich 'Portfolio marked Py'.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by the Rev. R. E. Kerrich, 1872 (received 1873)

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1873) by Kerrich, Richard Edward


Production date: 1775-03-25 AD 1775


Mezzotint with etching and stipple, printed in black ink. As published. Fully-lettered. Trimmed to the title. Lettered with artists' names in the margin at lower left: 'Snyders & Long John Pinxerunt. / Joseph Farington delint.' and lower right: 'Rich.d. Earlom Sculpsit.'. Publisher's details and title engraved to either side of the Earl of Orford's arms [only upper part visible]: 'John Boydell excudit 1775' / [in closed roman capitals] 'A FRUIT MARKET.' Inscribed in graphite at lower right (curatorial hand): 'Kerrich'. Inscribed in graphite in large script on the verso: '358'. Inscribed in graphite at lower left: '7'. An impression of the first state before title is in the first of the two Boydell Houghton volumes bequeathed in 1816 by Lord Fitzwilliam; 'A Set of Prints Engraved after the Most Capital Paintings in the Collection of Her Imperial Majesty the Empress of Russia, Lately in the Possession of the Earl of Orford at Houghton in Norfolk, Volume 1'. See, 31.K.7-11.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14999-R
Primary reference Number: 240046
Wessely (Earlom): 110
Nagler (Künstler-Lexicon): 4.44-47 (p.53)
Lugt: L.1568
Voorhelm Schneevoogt: 221.21
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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

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