About this artwork

Although apparently a straightforward ‘trompe l’oeil’ (illusionist) still-life, an inscription on the back of this picture claims that it has a symbolic message. The note reads "2 Royalist Allegorical Pictures/Explanation in the Keeping of the/family". This explanation having been lost, the precise meaning of the picture has defied convincing interpretation. In its general composition the painting evokes the still-life paintings of the seventeenth century Netherlandish artist Edwaert Colyer. This is Warrender’s only known easel painting.

  • title:
    Still-life
  • accession number:
    NG 2404
  • artist:
    Thomas WarrenderScottish (1662 - died c 1715)
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • measurements:
    59.10 x 74.30 cm (framed: 71.00 x 87.10 x 7.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1980
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Thomas Warrender

Thomas Warrender

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