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Tea with Lemon

  • It’s always time for tea. Now, where are the biscuits?

    Teatime hangs in the balance!

    In Tea with Lemon, I present a proper English teacup, balanced on three blocks (that spell “t-e-a”) and resting a underneath a perfect lemon, suspended with twine.

    This image was one of my first after starting to think differently about what a still life could be.

  • Although Tea with Lemon is a rather simple composition, it is a complex study of texture contrasts, painted in the exacting traditional still life style popularized by the Dutch Masters over 400 years ago.

    Note the differences between the sheen of the porcelain, the fuzz of the string, and the gloss of the varnished shelf. These elements are represented in traditional still life style, characterized by a smooth surface appearance, crisp shadows, and subtle gradation of the background from light in the center to dark on the edges.

    Other details

    Tea really does taste better in a fine porcelain cup than it does in a ceramic mug. And to be completely authentic, make sure the cup is a totally uncomfortable thing to hold, with a handle so tiny that one is forced to stick the pinky finger out!

  • All Richard Hall prints are limited edition and hand-signed and numbered by the artist.

    All of our prints are finished with a coating that protects the print and enhances light-fastness; we use the highest quality pigmented inks with an estimated lifetime of 118 years.

    Canvas giclées: Edition of 50 (for all sizes), signed and numbered on the back of the piece. Archivally mounted or stretched and hand-coated with protectant. Framed canvas giclées are hand-framed in our studio with an espresso-colored frame with gold-tone lip. Unframed canvas giclées should not be framed with glass.

    Paper giclées: Edition of 250 for 12” x 16” sizes; edition of 125 for 18” x 24”. Printed on high-quality, acid-free paper and comes with a hand-cut mat that fits into a standard-size frame. We recommend that you use a frame with glass to ensure longevity of your paper print.

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