Study of grapes

Emily Mestoncirca 1895

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

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.

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  • Title: Study of grapes
  • Creator: Emily Meston
  • Date Created: circa 1895
  • Physical Dimensions: 42.0 x 35.5 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 1895
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Artist Country: Australia