The Fruit Seller, Melville Gates signed and dated 'W McTaggart 1890' (lower right) oil on canvas 72.5 x 82.5 cm. (28 1/2 x 32 1/2 in.)
PROVENANCE: Miss McTaggart With Aitken Dott & Son, Edinburgh R. Wemyss Honeyman With Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts, London
EXHIBITED: Edinburgh, Arts Council (Scottish Committee), William McTaggart, 1954, cat. no. 14 London, The Fine Art Society, The Rustic Image, 1979, cat. no. 42
LITERATURE: J.L. Caw, William McTaggart, - A Biography and an Appreciation, James Maclehose & Sons, Glasgow, 1917, pp. 126, 151-2, 263
Caw observes (p.151) that McTaggart painted later summer subjects more rarely, but that this scene on the south of Edinburgh is "steeped in joyous calm", with blue sky and fluffy cloud above Lasswade Church which peeps through the lush canopy. Five children crowd round the fruit barrow, tempted by the delicacies.