Edward Edmondson, Jr. : A Basket of Peaches
Edward Edmondson, Jr. (A Basket of Peaches)

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Artist: Edward Edmondson, Jr.
Title: A Basket of Peaches
Media: Oil on canvas, 16 3/4 x 21 inches
Description: Inscribed on canvas verso: “original by Edward Edmondson Dayton O.”
Label (framer, printed) on frame verso: “[missing] CURRIER &/IMPORTERS OF/PICTUR[ES]/AND PICTURE FRAMES./211 Kearny Street,/Four Doors North of Sutter.” (Note: Although Edmondson’s name is missing from the label and the name of the town is not given, the artist’s father was a currier and there are Kearny and Sutter streets in his native Dayton, Ohio; this is probably the label of the senior Edmondson’s business, suggesting that the frame is original.)

Edmondson painted portraits, genre pictures, landscapes, and still lifes. The portraits, particularly, are quite conventional; the still lifes are more distinctive. In American Still-Life Painting, William H. Gerdts and Russell Burke write: “The subject matter of Edmondson’s still lifes is probably more unusual than that of any other mid-nineteenth-century painter. His pictures include a California Pepper Tree, Paw-paws, a Lettuce Leaf, and a California Snow Plant.” Gerdts and Burke go on to describe a painting of a “strangely shaped piece of watermelon.”1 Even when Edmondson paints more common fruits such as apples and peaches, their arrangement often gives his compositions a palpable tension. In 1972 the Dayton Art Institute, which then owned twenty-nine of Edmondson’s pictures (about half of those then known), mounted a comprehensive exhibition, The Paintings of Edward Edmondson (January 8-February 13). The catalogue, by Bruce H. Evans, includes a horizontally oriented, oval oil painting of peaches with nearly the same dimensions as the painting illustrated here.2

1. William H. Gerdts and Russell Burke, American Still-Life PaintingNew York: Praeger Publishers, 1971), p. 72.
2. Still Life with Peaches and Cherries (oil on canvas, 14 ˝ x 21 inches; private collection). Evans, The Paintings of Edward Edmondson, p. 23, no. 25.

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