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Title Flowers and Fruit
Collection Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford
Artist Attributed to Verbruggen, Gaspar Peeter de, the elder (Flemish sculptor, 1635-1681)
Date Earliest about 1665
Date Latest about 1675

Working in Antwerp, Gaspar Peeter de Verbruggen the elder and his son, Gaspar Peeter de Verbruggen the younger, both specialised in flower paintings. Their similar compositions and style make the works of father and son hard to distinguish. This painting is identified as a work by Verbruggen the elder by its delicate brush-strokes.

The interest in bouquets as subjects for paintings reflects the pastime of collecting expensive flowers that became fashionable in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century. Commissioning such flower paintings was often a more economic way for the owner to demonstrate discernment than purchasing the costly blooms.

Current Accession Number P51
Former Accession Number P.E.50
Subject still life (flowers, fruit)
Measurements 79.4 x 72.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Cecil Higgins 1949.
Provenance Purchased by Cecil Higgins from Frederick Jones, Tavistock Street, Bedford, 1921-1949.
Publications Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, pp. 51, 211, 232.
Notes Peeter Verbruggen the younger worked in a style that emulated that of his father. It is often very difficult to distinguish the works of the father and son, although Peeter Verbruggen the younger tended to use thicker brush-strokes, whereas the brush-strokes here are more delicate and hard to discern.
Rights Owner Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford
Author Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings



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