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Girl with Cherries

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Girl with Cherries

Date

About 1820

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

H: 83.4 x W: 61.8 cm

Reference

CVCSC:0038.F

Collection

British Folk Art

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The red coral necklace worn by the girl relates to the superstition, dating back to antiquity, that coral warded off evil spirits. The cherries she holds are symbols of heaven, representing the fruit of paradise. Religious overtones like this are often seen in portraits of children.

Girl with Cherries About 1820 © Compton Verney