C1812

Plate XXXIX.

[Phoenix Apple, Norman’s Beauty] Fabulous aquatint and stipple engraving from Brookshaw’s,Pomona Britannica; or, A Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits, the largest, most sumptuous and technically brilliant series of fruit prints ever made. George Brookshaw’s Pomona Britannica was the most ambitious and is … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Plate XXXIX.

Date:

C1812

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Aquatint and stipple engraving printed in colour and hand finished.

Image Size: 

308mm 
x 410mm

Paper Size: 

465mm 
x 590mm

Platemark Size: 

350mm 
x 450mm
AUTHENTICITY
Plate XXXIX. - Antique Print from 1812

Genuine antique
dated:

1812

Description:

[Phoenix Apple, Norman’s Beauty]

Fabulous aquatint and stipple engraving from Brookshaw’s,Pomona Britannica; or, A Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits, the largest, most sumptuous and technically brilliant series of fruit prints ever made.

George Brookshaw’s Pomona Britannica was the most ambitious and is the finest series on fruit and flowers ever produced. Brookshaw a master cabinet maker of inlaid furniture late in his career, and undertook his first publishing endeavour which took ten years to complete.

Brookshaw depicted the best available varieties of fruit found in the Royal gardens at Hampton Court, Kensington Gardens, and the private gardens of the Prince of Wales in Blackheath. He also executed each plate on a dark aquatint and stipple background which resulted in the most startling dramatic effect. These are the most technically complicated and superbly printed images of fruits ever made.

References: Cf. Dunthorne 50; cf. Great Flower Books (1990) p. 81; cf. Nissen BBI 244.

From Brookshaw’s, Pomona Britannica; or, A Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits at present cultivated in this Country; together with the Blossoms and Leaves of such as are necessary to distinguish the various sorts from each other. Selected principally from the Royal Gardens at Hampton Court, and the remainder from the most Celebrated Gardens round London. 

George Brookshaw (1751 - 1823)

Brookshaw as a notable English painter and illustrator from London. His early career was spent as a cabinet- maker specializing in painted furniture, often with floral decorations. This image is from the very rare folio edition of the Pomona which is recognised as the most sumptuous of all fruit series.

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