1888 : Boots, candle and matches

Image number W639, image courtesy of Chris Brickell Description
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Picture notes The existence of this painting is known from an article in the Evening Post of 27 October 1888, covering the "work of the students of the Wellington School of Design", which noted, "In still life there are a great number of exhibits, Miss Mabel Hill's exhibit of a pair of boots, a bottle with a candle, and a box of matches, is very well done, indeed most realistic; but I do not like the mode of painting the grease on the bottle, the effect might be given without so much paint." (The last comment makes it seem that the painting was in oil.) The illustration here is not of the painting, but of a photograph by Bob Gant. The photograph, which is on p.191 of Manly Affections, by Chris Brickell (2012), has the note "Still life, dedicated to Mabel Hill", and the date 1888. It is likely that Mabel painted from the photograph, although of course there is the possibility that she painted from the same original objects.
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