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    Three Beautiful Fruit Prints from Brookshaw's Pomona Britannica

    George Brookshaw (1751-1823). Three Prints: Strawberries. [and:] Peaches - Plate XXVI. [and:] Grapes - Plate LIV. Three beautiful aquatint engravings of fruit, printed in colors with some hand-coloring, from Brookshaw's Pomona Britannica; or, A Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits (London: c. 1817). Strawberries (watermarked "J Whatman 1816"). [and:] Peaches (watermarked "1817"). [and:] Grapes (watermarked "J Whatman 1816"). All prints are in good condition with some mild general toning, soiling and foxing; some minor edge tears. Prints have light penciled notations. Prints about 18 x 22.5 inches or slightly smaller.

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    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-breakingPomona 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'sPomona Britannicaremains one of the greatest works of botanical illustration ever produced.



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