Fanny Harris (née Rosenberg) (British 1822-1872, fl. 1845-72) (Aliases: Mrs Harris, John Dafter (Mistress) Harris; Fanny Rosenberg; Frances Elizabeth Louisa Rosenberg; Frances Elizabeth Louise Rosenberg); Still Life of Flowers spilling from a (Chinese?) porcelain bowl set before a stone glazed Westerwald lidded tankard, on a wood surface set before a tapestry. Oil on canvas. Monogrammed FR lower left. 11in x 15.5in (29cm x 39cm) sight; 17.5in x 21.5in (45cm x 55cm) frame.
CONDITION: Lined. Examined under ultraviolet light: light craquelure; minor retouching of old stretcher marks; clean and ready to hang.
The particular joys of this painting are in what is not most apparent at a quick glance, which gives an impression of a rather haphazard arrangement of pink, red and white flowers, perhaps a little wilted. But look closer at the detail of the flowers in the foreground, then, to the right, the continental porcelain Chinoiserie bowl and the clever painting of the water it contains. Then, further back, the three-dimensional stone glazed Westerwald lidded tankard, or stein, and the picture on the tapestry in the background, which appears to be a scene of armoured and mythological figures in a boat being pulled by swans, the figure in the bow with a parasol.
BIOGRAPHY: Using a number of aliases, Fanny Harris is best known for her paintings of birds and flowers. She exhibited a number of works during her lifetime: at the RA in 1845 with ‘Hollyhocks’, and with three further pieces, (‘Imogen Sleeping”. The Careful Mother’, ‘Idle Thoughts”) at the RA in 1848. The then newly established (1832) New Watercolour Society, London (later, the RI) exhibited a further 139 of her works.
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