An image of Study of grapes

Emily Meston

(Australia 10 Jan 1866 – 07 Oct 1914)

Study of grapes

Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

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.

Year
(circa 1895)
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
42.0 x 35.5 cm
Credit
Purchased 1895
Accession number
4441