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Still Life with Strawberries

Hannah Brown Skeele, American, 1829–1901
Oil on panel
Made in
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
On View, Gallery 329
17 x 21 in. (43.2 x 53.3 cm)
framed: 24 9/16 x 28 5/8 x 3 3/8 in. (62.4 x 72.7 x 8.6 cm)
Credit Line
Purchased in memory of Rose Allen Valier by her friends and Mr. and Mrs. Biron A. Valier
Public Domain
Object Number
An amateur artist working in St. Louis during the 1860s, Hannah Brown Skeele won critical acclaim for her ability to render the naturalistic forms of native and imported fruits. In Still Life with Strawberries, she cleverly contrasts the prickly skins of the pineapple and the ripe strawberries with the translucent glass and luminescent silver. Intended for display in the dining rooms of upper class homes, paintings such as this one spoke to the owner's economic class and sophisticated taste.
late 19th century - 1974
Jervis D. Brown, Milford, CT; Florine Brown Cave, by gift or inheritance; Annette Cave, The Dalles, OR, by gift or inheritance [1]

1974 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Annette Cave [2]

[1] A letter from Annette Cave dated July 27, 1974 indicates that the painting was purchased by her grandfather, Jervis D. Brown, in the late 1800s. Although he resided in Milford, CT, his collection of artwork came from New York and Philadelphia. This painting was given to his daughter Florine Brown Cave (Mrs. Elmore Cave), and was later given to Florine's daughter, Annette Cave [letter, SLAM document files].

[2] Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, July 16, 1974.
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