Ord, Joseph Biays
Joseph Biays Ord (1805-1865), son of the noted Philadelphia ornithologist and Athenaeum founder George Ord, was a portrait, still life and religious painter, as well as a picture restorer. Specializing in still life painting from 1838 to 1862, Ord became known for his fruit pictures.
In these dynamic compositions he uses a variety of sizes, colors and textures to express the passage of time. In this example, age spots appear on the apples, a partly peeled orange waits to be eaten, an empty almond shell lies on the table. The dishes which hold the fruit are typical examples of the fine ceramics which Ord uses in his pictures.
24" X 18.25"
Oil on canvas
Gift of Edward Swain, III.
General Collection, Museum Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia