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Orchids and Pears
© Elizabeth Blackadder

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Orchids and Pears 1985

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Paintings of flowers have been a central part of Elizabeth Blackadder’s work since the 1970s. She began painting orchids in 1980, and in 1993 made a portfolio of orchid etchings in conjunction with Glasgow Print studio, to mark the fourteenth World Orchid Conference being held in Glasgow. The intricate shapes of the orchids in this painting are intensely observed, but they retain a sense of life about them. Blackadder began to incorporate exotic fruit in her paintings in the 1980s, and here has included two Chinese pears as well as pieces of patterned material. The resulting painting is a lively and striking combination of colours, textures and shapes. Blackadder is known for her joyful still-life paintings that bring together diverse and curious objects.

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A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.


A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Etching, Portfolio, Still life


  • Acc. No. GMA 4684
  • Medium Watercolour and pencil on paper
  • Size 42.50 x 53.00 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Miss Michelle Proud 2002