Jonquils and Silver, 1905, The Fleming-Wyfold Art Foudnation
© The Fergusson Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council. Photo copyright Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation

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Jonquils and Silver, 1905, The Fleming-Wyfold Art Foudnation

Fergusson and Peploe admired Edouard Manet and Diego Velázquez, whose work they were able to see in Paris in the 1890s and whose influence can be seen in this painting. Peploe made his reputation in the mid-1900s with a series of still lifes set before a dark background and his example is apparent in this work. Jonquils and Silver shows a typical set of late nineteenth or early twentieth-century Adam-revival style silver salts and a pepper pot. Jonquils or Narcissus jonquilla have been grown in Scottish gardens since the early seventeenth century; by 1905 they were understood to represent a token of desire.

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