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Temptation: A Fruit Stall

The tradition of painting traders plying their wares out-of-doors in city and country was well-established by 1850, and Smith enhances the familiar subject by adding the specifically nineteenth-century theme of childhood. The expression on the face of the fruitseller, stationed outside the country school door, is well-observed, at once amused and disapproving, but alert to the fact that the mother…