Domestic still life composition arranged on a white table top. Seen from the left is a small box, a reel of black thread and a pair of open scissors; behind these is a green, elliptical vase holding an arrangement of pink flowers, which casts a purple shadow on the sand-coloured wall behind; to the right and in front of the vase is a white milk jug with a vertical striped black pattern on its shoulders; next to the jug is a large, white tea-cup and saucer patterned with a blue, pink and orange floral design; behind this is a tall sugar bowl with a lid and two handles. Hung on the wall behind the still life composition are two paintings, both of which appear to be landscape scenes.
Still Life 1918 Edward Hartley Mooney died 1938 Oil on canvas Mooney who painted landscape, still life and portraits, attended the Manchester School of Art, but possibly before Valette was a teacher there. They were friends for a while in Manchester and Valette painted his portrait in 1916. Their still life work was very close in style, especially around the time this work was painted. Purchased 1920.5
Canvas: 51cm x 61cm
Frame: 70.5cm x 80.5cm
Place of creation
© Manchester Art Gallery