Jane's post today on jam and art got me thinking, especially as I'd also been struck by Stanley Spencer's doorstep of bread and jam when I saw it at Somerset House earlier in the year.
I knew that Melendez painted jam, for sure ...
But I wasn't really thinking of jam as still life.
I started racking my brain. (As you do when you're supposed to be working on something entirely different.) I thought of paintings with bread and cake and brioche and ham and fried eggs and all kinds of fruit ... but where was the jam?
I was so sure that Tissot had painted jam, but when I checked they'd gone straight on to cake ...
|Holyday, James Tissot c 1876|
I remembered seeing this painting quite recently, and I was sure this old gentleman would have had jam - especially as it wouldn't be rationed yet. But when I looked carefully ... no jam. (But do click on the image for lovely detail, like the gas-mask on the table.)
|Why War?, Charles Spencelayh, 1938|
I thought Evelyn Dunbar would be a good bet for jam, but seems that she was more interested in canning which isn't quite the same ...
|A Canning Demonstration, Evelyn Dunbar, 1940|
So I set off on a quest and discovered tea-parties that might well have been cheerier with a pot of strawberry jam ...
|Mrs Raynes's Tea Party, Henry Tonks, 1928|
And messy kitchens where maybe they'd find some jam if they tidied up ...
|David, in the Kitchen, with Thistle, John Bratby|
And neat-as-a- pin kitchens where they'd put away the jam (but left the sauce bottle out on the sideboard).
|Half a Kitchen, Thomas McGoran, c1956|
And pantries full of empty jamjars ...
|The Tiled Kitchen, Harry Bush, 1954|
And - finally - tea with bread and jam (though maybe it's honey!)
|Kitchen at The George, John Kynnersley Kirby, 1932|
So it seems that Jane is right . In art, it's jam yesterday, jam tomorrow - but never jam today. And you can't beat Stanley Spencer for a jam doorstep.
Postscript: Sue has cleverly suggested Coupons Required by Leonora Green, from the Imperial War Museum, for its jar of Hartley's apricot.