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The Greengrocer

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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Shopping scenes were a favoured subject for Dutch artists and collectors from the seventeenth century onwards. The young woman testing a melon suggests a warning of the deceitfulness of appearances, for the emblem of a woman with a melon was accompanied by the moralist Jacob Cats with the comment that ‘Friends are like the melon,/ from ten often not one is good’. The subject may also refer to the seduction of Pomona by Vertumnus, disguised as an old woman.

The Wallace Collection

London

  • Date

    1731

  • Medium

    oil on oak panel

  • Measurements

    39 x 32.1 cm

  • Accession number

    P220

  • Acquisition method

    acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1860; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

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