John Sherrin, 'Branch of Plums and an Apple'

John Sherrin, 'Branch of Plums and an Apple'

John Sherrin (1819-1896)
'Branch of Plums and an Apple'
About 1850-1870
Watercolour
Museum number 1175-1886
Dixon Bequest

Still-life, the depiction of flowers, fruit, vegetables, animals and household objects, became a popular subject for watercolour artists in the 19th century. Still-lifes appealed to patrons for the simplicity of their subject matter, and were admired above all for the skill of the artist.

This watercolour by John Sherrin invites us to view it closely, to wonder at the fineness of the brushwork rather than stepping back to admire an overall concept and composition. Mounted and framed in gold, this image is amazingly vibrant and would have complimented and enhanced the rich, cluttered style of a Victorian interior.