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.
- Hannah Brown Skeele
- Fruit Piece
- Saint Louis
- Oil on canvas
- 50.8 × 60.6 cm (20 × 23 7/8 in.)
- Restricted gifts of 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