Still Life with Cake
With a few objects arranged on a ledge before an indistinct background, Raphaelle Peale’s paintings suggest a restraint that perhaps reflects the impoverished circumstances of the artist’s life. In Still Life with Peaches, the relatively expensive dessert bowl adds refinement to the composition, but in all likelihood, Peale did not himself own it. Still Life with Cake portrays only a blemished apple, raisins, and a “poor man’s pound cake,” usually made from leftover dough, to which sugar or nutmeg would be added.
This text refers to these objects: ' 24.72; 35.1865
- Artist: Raphaelle Peale, American, 1774-1825
- Medium: Oil on panel
- Dates: 1822
- Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 11 5/16 in. (24.1 x 28.7 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Raphaelle Peale Jany: 1st. 1822"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 24.72
- Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Raphaelle Peale (American, 1774-1825). Still Life with Cake, 1822. Oil on panel, 9 1/2 x 11 5/16 in. (24.1 x 28.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 24.72
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)