Description The grapes in this painting have been identified as the Prince Albert variety, which William T. Walters grew in greenhouses at his Govans estate, Saint Mary’s, four miles north of Baltimore, in an area where many wealthy Baltimore families had summer homes. Walters imported plants and livestock from France and was particularly interested in horse breeding. Way was a local painter who began his career as a portraitist but turned to still lifes and specialized in depicting grapes and oysters—a Chesapeake delicacy.
|6/08/1981||Examination||examined for loan|
- Painters of the Humble Truth: Masterpieces of American Still Life. Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa; Oakland Museum of California, Oakland; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; National Academy of Design, New York. 1981-1982.
- Three Hundred Fifty Years of Art and Architecture in Maryland. Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park. 1984.
- The Walters' American Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
Provenance Acquired by William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1873; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Signature] lower right: A.J.H. Way 1873
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1873
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