Information on this painting can be found in the Gallery publication American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I, pages 123-125, which is available as a free PDF at https://www.nga.gov/content/dam/ngaweb/research/publications/pdfs/american-paintings-19th-century-part-1.pdf
lower right: J.Decker
(sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, New York, 9 December 1983, no. 80, as Greenings); (Berry-Hill Galleries, New York); sold March 1984 to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; gift 1994 to NGA.
- Feast for the Eyes: American Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art, Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland, 2008, no cat.
- Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine, The Art Institute of Chicago; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, 2013-2014, no. 8, fig. 8.
- Kelly, Franklin, with Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Deborah Chotner, and John Davis. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1996: 123-125, color repro.
The fine, light-weight, plain-weave fabric was primed with a light beige ground and painted prior to stretching, as elements are found over all the tacking margins except the top. The painting is not lined \rand the four-member, mortise-and-tenon stretcher is probably original. Infrared reflectography reveals the presence of extensive underdrawing outlining the plums, \rprobably in pencil, showing both their current positions \rand the positions from which they were changed. Paint was thinly blended, using a wet-into-wet technique. Fine gradations of tone were accomplished with thinner glazes. Elements of the design are found over all the edges of the fabric except the top. The painting is in excellent condition with only a few tiny paint losses.