Graphite on paper
Helen Searle produced this drawing in Dusseldorf, Germany, where she received her formal artistic training from 1867 to 1871. Curled leaves sprout from the foreshortened sprig with an elegant simplicity. Such close scrutiny of botanical specimens served Searle well in constructing her still-life paintings, which were usually arrangements of fruit on tabletops. The branch in this drawing is strikingly similar to the one in her 1869 painting Still Life with Fruit and Champagne (Smithsonian American Art Museum).
The John Driscoll American Drawings Collection
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