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Fruit Piece

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Hannah Brown Skeele
American, 1829–1901

About this artwork

Hannah Brown Skeele earned acclaim for her delicate still-life compositions both in her home state of Maine and in Saint Louis, where she worked and exhibited in the 1860s. In Fruit Piece, her earliest known painting, a dessert course communicates refinement both in terms of the rare edibles themselves and in their careful presentation. In the mid-19th century pineapples, lemons, oranges, and even bananas were imported specialties, shipped along the Mississippi River from New Orleans. These exotic fruits were available in limited quantities and served by families with means on special occasions such as holidays or dinner parties.


On loan to St. Louis Art Museum in Saint Louis for Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration


Arts of the Americas


Hannah Brown Skeele


Fruit Piece


Saint Louis




Oil on canvas


50.8 × 60.6 cm (20 × 23 7/8 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Charles C. Haffner, III, Mrs. Harold T. Martin, Mrs. Herbert A Vance, and Jill Burnside Zeno; through prior acquisition of the George F. Harding Collection

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