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Raphaelle Peale
Melons and Morning Glories
1813
oil
20 3/4 x 25 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Paul Mellon



The flesh of this over-ripe watermelon seems to sag under its own weight. Droplets of juice drip to form a puddle on the table scattered with black seeds. The winding vine of morning glory seen through a glass vase demonstrates the artist's remarkable skill in rendering textures.