Still Life with Apple Blossoms in a Nautilus Shell, 1870
Oil on canvas, 20 7/8 x 17 inches (53.3 x 43.2 cm)
During his later years in St. Augustine Heade also painted numerous still lifes of southern flowers, especially magnolia blossoms laid on velvet. This was a continuation of an interest in still life that Heade had developed since the 1860s. His earlier oil paintings in this genre typically depict a display of flowers arranged in an ornate vase of small or medium size on a cloth-covered table. Heade was the only 19th century American artist to create such an extensive body of work in both still life and landscape.