Bowl of Roses on a Marble Table

Henri Fantin-Latour

French, 1836–1904

Bowl of Roses on a Marble Table


During his first visit to England in 1859, Fantin-Latour met Edwin and Elizabeth Edwards, who championed his work and encouraged the production of his flower paintings. The composition of this still life, which once belonged to the couple, is subtly dynamic—the angle of the marble-topped table and the position of the red rose on the left lead our eyes into the picture space.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 14 7/16 x 21 in. (36.7 x 53.3 cm)
Object Number 1955.920
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1936
Status Off View

Image Caption

Henri Fantin-Latour, Bowl of Roses on a Marble Table, 1885, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.920.


Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.


The artist, sold or consigned to Edwards; Elizabeth Ruth Edwards (Mrs. Edwin Edwards), Sunbury-on-Thames, sold to Bryant; T. H. Bryant, London (by 1907, probably until d. 1913);¹ H. Bryant, London, his daughter, by descent; [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 15 Dec. 1941]; Robert Sterling Clark (1941–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

1. Works from the estate of T. H. Bryant, probably this collector, appeared in a sale at Christie’s, London, on 21 July 1913, presumably indicating his approximate date of death.