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The Vegetable Stall 1884

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
MacGregor's large, bold still-life painting is considered his masterpiece. The rich colours and thick square brush strokes contribute to the convincingly robust character of the vegetables and the textural variety of the setting. Originally the figure of the stall holder, a young market girl counting her takings, was included at the right side. This feature reflected the influence of earlier French and Flemish paintings. MacGregor's decision to concentrate on the still life, however, resulted in a highly original picture. He produced this work while living in Crail, Fife, during the summer months of 1884.

Glossary Open

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Still life


  • Acc. No. NG 1915
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 106.70 x 153.00 cm (135 x 175cm, curatorial)
  • Credit Presented by Mrs William York MacGregor 1939