It also depicts a young girl who is longing for a forbidden fruit that her father and mother have warned her against completely.
References Tate Report —96,p. Sir Nathaniel Bacon, born at Redgrave in Suffolk in Augustwas a kinsman of the natural philosopher and politician — and horticultural enthusiast — Sir Francis Bacon, and was the youngest of the nine sons of Sir Nicholas Bacon of Redgrave, the premier baronet of England.
He himself was awarded the Order of the Bath inbut was only to enjoy his title for a little over a year. Only a handful of paintings by him are currently known. Nathaniel Bacon seems to have spent most of his life in Suffolk.
He grew up at Redgrave Hall now demolished and, on his marriage inacquired nearby Culford Hall from his parents, four miles north of Bury St Edmunds, and Brome Hall through his wife. In Britain at this period, where almost all painters were artisans — and were certainly viewed as such — A literary analysis of wild plums was an exception.
As a gentleman, Bacon did not need to paint for his living, but nevertheless it is clear that his art was of considerable personal significance to him. The main source of such personal information about Bacon as survives is a group of letters still in the possession of his descendants.
So great was his enthusiasm for and knowledge of this subject that it, too, is highlighted on his funerary monument, in this case in the Latin inscription, which may be translated thus: You have seen enough. The Antwerp artist Frans Snijders — was a major exponent of the genre, and it is worth noting that Bacon was on his way to that city in It has recently been suggested by Margaret Sullivan that Aertsen devised his cookmaid and market scenes to please an increasingly highly educated section of Netherlandish society, who were purchasing books written in Latin in ever-growing numbers.
Sullivan observes first, that Pliny the Elder legitimated low-life painting in his Natural History, and second, that in the writings of such satirists as Juvenal, Horace, Martial and Persius, fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, the kitchen and the market place were loaded with moral connotations.
Indeed, Aertsen and his followers selected exactly the produce that was given a prominent and moralising role in ancient literature, such as the large and luxuriant cabbage.
Simultaneously, the artist was displaying his skill as an illusionist in capturing a diverse range of objects and textures, and meeting the standards set by the painters of antiquity, such as Zeuxis.
So the artist who made, and the collector who displayed such works — which in the case of Bacon were one and the same — would be demonstrating a sophisticated response to the classical authors, knowledge of whose works was the mark of a gentleman.
In the present painting, the dish filled with grapes in the lower right-hand corner dates from between and and is Chinese. It is a type of porcelain made for export for Europe, known as kraak ware. Indeed, on his death inthe Earl himself owned at least 60 pieces of porcelain.
Dr Barrie Juniper has made a close analysis of the produce depicted, 19 some of which had originated in the post-Colombian New World, such as, on the right of the picture, marrows Cucurbita peposquashes Cucurbita mixta and C.
Also in this group may appear early versions of a cucumber Cucumis sativus and gherkin Cucumis anguria ; these latter are also Cucurbitaceae, but Old World selections. The other striking New World item may be the bunch of runner beans Phaseolus coccineus in the double-handled basket in the centre foreground.
These would appear to be mixed up with broad beans Vicia faba at the back, along with some peas Pisum sativum hanging over the rim at the front. The latter two are both from the Old World, but Bacon has here assembled an international collection of important Leguminosae.
Most of the rest of the cornucopia is Old World, but some are given greater prominence than others. The black grapes Vitis vinifera in the imported kraak dish would have had their origins in the Far East, but the light-coloured grapes might be a variety of Vitis labrusca, fairly recently brought in from North America.
The vine leaves in the right foreground, with yellow and red segmentation, may indicate a virus infection. If Bacon actually grew them in Suffolk, he was almost certainly importing either the plants or the seeds from the Low Countries. Run-of-the-mill fruit and vegetables in the picture get less attention.
There are brown skinned onions Allium cepa originally from the middle east. The foremost of these onions, with its hint of blue colouration, may possibly be infected with Botrytis mould which causes storage rots.
Quinces Cydonia oblonga rest on the corner of the table along with greengages, plums, black and white cultivars of figs and, in the basket, peaches, plums, pears and perhaps two varieties of apples Malus x domestica from central Asia.
One of the pears has been attacked by a blackbird. To the right, and in the background, can be seen immense cabbages Brassica oleracea subsp. The swollen veins of some of the cabbage leaves may also indicate a virus infection. Also in the right-centre, but to the front, are four root vegetables.
The thin light brown root is probably a skirret Sium sisarum also from central Asia. The other three roots at first sight look like parsnips Pastinaca sativabut are more probably yellow carrots Daucus carota subsp.
Hanging on the wall behind the maid is a garland, principally of meadow flowers, but perhaps containing a few garden cultivars as well. Like the fruits and vegetables, these flowers must have been painted over at least a six-week period.
But the later blooms are perhaps typical of the beginning of the hay harvest near the end of July. Karen Hearn June Notes 1 The monument has recently been attributed to the foremost sculptor of the period, Nicholas Stone. Muller and Jim Murrell,p.
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