James Booth Higginson

A Still Life with Cheese, Bread and Beer

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Artist

James Booth Higginson

Title

A Still Life with Cheese, Bread and Beer

Date

1870

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

68.8 x 78.8 cm

Reference

CVCSC:0413.F

Collection

British Folk Art

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J. B. Higginson is listed in the 1869 Directory for Madely, Staffordshire, as a painter and decorator. Other known works by him are of a similar composition. Unlike comparable still-life scenes in our Naples collection, where fruit and vegetables assume metaphorical value, this modest meal is recorded purely topographically. Historically a farm-house industry, British cheese began to be mass-produced from 1870 with the opening of England’s first cheese factory at Longford, near Derby. The tableware perhaps serves as evidence of British glass and cotton damask production in factories at the time. Donated by Christopher Bibby

James Booth Higginson A Still Life with Cheese, Bread and Beer 1870 © Compton VerneyDonated by Christopher Bibby

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