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Still-Life 1724

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  • Scottish Art
Waitt’s still life is remarkable for its boldness and clarity. The produce arranged on a wooden table-top or counter stands out against the dark background. Its realistic appearance is enhanced by the play of light and shadow and the projection of some vegetables and meat over the table edge. The fly on the leg of lamb adds to the illusion of reality. It is tempting to try and brush this away, falling for the artist’s visual joke. Waitt, inspired by seventeenth-century Dutch still lifes, painted this work for a wealthy patron, who could have afforded such produce, including the more expensive wheaten, rather than rye, bread.

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The support given to artists by an individual or organisation, usually through buying or funding their work.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Patronage , Still life


  • Acc. No. NG 2366
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 59.00 x 77.50 cm (framed: 69.60 x 88.60 x 5.80 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1978