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    George Brookshaw (1751-1823). Two Prints: Red Frontiniac - Plate LVI. [and:] Black Frontiniac - Plate LVII.

    A pair of beautiful aquatint engravings of grapes, with some hand-coloring, from Brookshaw's Pomona Britannica; or, A Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits (London: 1804-1812). Red Frontiniac (watermarked "J Whatman 1809") is in very good condition with some general toning and a few faint spots of foxing; a few notches running from stitching holes along left side, and one 1.5-inch tear to left side, repaired with tape on the reverse. Left side shows binding edge. [and:] Black Frontiniac (watermarked "J Whatman 1810") is also in very good condition with general toning to the paper, browning to the edges, and some very light foxing, mostly outside the platemark; minor chipping and a couple of tiny nicks to edges. Both prints have light penciled notations. 17.75 x 22 inches, and 17.5 x 22 inches, respectively.


    More Information: George Brookshaw (1751-1823), an English artist who started his career as a cabinetmaker with royal patronage, is represented here with plates from his ground-breaking Pomona Britannica; or a Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits, originally issued in parts and then published as a complete edition in 1812. These large aquatint engravings were printed in color and finished by hand. The complete work, consisting of ninety plates, took almost a decade to complete, and it is considered by many to be the finest work on fruit ever produced. Brookshaw's specimens came largely from the royal gardens at Hampton Court and Kensington Gardens, and his intent was not only to create a great work of art, but also to produce something of a guide for gardeners in an effort to spur varietal cultivation. Dramatic, sumptuous, and painterly, Brookshaw's Pomona Britannica remains one of the greatest works of botanical illustration ever produced.

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    June, 2009
    16th-17th Tuesday-Wednesday
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