Johan ZoffanyA Florentine Fruit Stall c.1777

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Johan Zoffany (1733‑1810)
A Florentine Fruit Stall
Date c.1777
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 580 x 494 mm frame: 732 x 637 x 82 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1955
Not on display


This is probably the picture described in Zoffany's posthumous studio sale catalogue (1811) as 'a most excellent groupe, very highly finished and one of his best performances'. The indications are that, as it was in his possession until his death, Zoffany painted it for his own pleasure.

The four main figures, probably painted from living models, are an old beggar, a market-woman, her daughter and a girl, perhaps a contadina (country girl), with a basket. In the background is a humorously depicted Capuchin friar. The actions of the two right-hand figures, who invite a purchaser to buy their goods, suggest that the picture was cut down on the right, and indeed a 1962 cleaning revealed a fragment of a figure to the right of the girl's shoulder. As the picture was unlikely to have been square in shape, it is likely that several figures were originally included on the right… (read more)

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