David Teniers the Younger & workshop, Allegory of Autumn (detail), 1644
In this detail of a man drinking, it is possible that the liquid in what appears to be a fine, hand-blown Venetian glass is not alcohol but “raspberry liqueur,” a trade commodity and popular drink in the 17th-century Dutch Republic. Characterized by its pink colour, it is described by Barnes and Rose in their visual analysis of a banquet still life by Abraham van Beyeren (1).
The Black Jacket (c.1912). Harold Knight, R.A. (English, 1874-1961). Oil on canvas.
The model wears a black tunic and striped skirt and she sits by the deep window recess that opens out on to sunlit foliage. She has put her book aside to gaze outside. The spectre of Vermeer had risen in the Cornish hillsides, and as Frank Rutter later remarked, these works contained ‘a quiet mastery and exquisiteness rivaling the work of the “perfect painter” of seventeenth-century Holland.’