Musée No:656.017Regular price £25.00
The Great California Pear
Artist: Wesley Vernier
Virtually nothing is known about Wesley Vernier. He was born in Ohio in around 1820, painted in New York in the mid 1800s then California later in life. There is an inscription on the back of this painting of a prize pear that lets us know that it was grown by Charles Nova in Los Angeles in 1864. The enormous weight of the pear, four pounds, must have caused quite a stir. At the time California was seen as a garden paradise, and the pear’s size demonstrated the richness of the land.