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Pieter Angillis, 1685–1734

Vegetable Seller, Covent Garden

Former Title(s):

A Girl Selling Vegetables, with St. Paul's, Covent Garden, in the Backgroud [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

ca. 1726
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on panel
13 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches (34.6 x 27 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
basket | cabbages | carrots | church | costume | fence | genre subject | gesture | hat | leeks | marketplace | potatoes | selling | turnips | women
Associated Places:
Covent Garden | England | Europe | London | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Around 1715, the Flemish artist Pieter Angillis arrived in London, where his market scenes, conversation pieces, and still-life paintings proved popular with English collectors. He traveled to Rome in 1728, in the company of the Flemish sculptors Peter Gaspar Scheemakers and Laurent Delvaux. But on his way back to England in 1730, he settled in Rennes, France, where he died a few years later. While living in London, he depicted Covent Garden Market several times in his paintings. Here, Angillis seems to suggest that this vegetable seller, with her direct gaze, doll-like features, inviting gesture, and low neckline (in an area notorious for prostitution), may perhaps be as available to the buyer as her leeks, cabbages, turnips, and carrots. Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

The Image of London (Barbican Art Gallery, 1987-08-06 - 1987-10-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Ching-Jung Chen, The early Georgian conversation piece : Thesis (Ph. D.)--Rutgers University, UMI Dissertation Services, Ann Arbor, 2001, pp. 246-48, Available online : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses [ORBIS]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 16-17, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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