Still Life with Game Birds, Fish, Fruit and Vegetables
Robert Robinson (English; British, active from 1674-died 1706)
Isaac Beckett (English British, Circa 1653 - circa 1715/1719)
DimensionsSheet : 10 1/4 x 8 1/8 in. (26.04 x 20.64 cm)
Plate : 9 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. (25.08 x 19.68 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelStill life images featuring a profusion of game animals, fish, fruit and other foods functioned as symbols of abundance and wealth in 17th and 18th-century Europe. This still life mezzotint by London-based artist Robert Robinson was published by Isaac Bennett, who was also a highly skilled printmaker in his own right. Another version of the same composition with the image reversed was created by Dutch artist Jacob Gole and published in Amsterdam around the same time as this print. The reversed compositions suggest that one print is a copy of the other, but it is unclear which image came first. There were no enforceable copyright laws in Europe at the time and it was common for artists to copy other artworks if they thought it would be profitable.