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A George Brookshaw Engraving of Apples from the Folio Edition of


A George Brookshaw Engraving of Apples

from the Folio Edition of "Pomona Britannica" Plate XC,

Circa, 1804-1812

Folio Edition (Plate mark: 17.75 x 14 inches, sheet size: 22.1/8 x 17. 1/2 inches).

Folio entry reads:

" Contains six very good orchard Apples.

The u pper one on the left, is the STRIPED HOLLAND PIPPIN.  This is one of the most valuable Apples for sauce and tarts we have: it is not only an excellent flavoured Apples for domestic use, but it is one that I have known to have kept sound and good in the most unfavourabble seasons for keeping Apples better than any other: is fit for use in October, and will keep till March.

The upper one, on the right is the MARYGOLD APPLE. If this was not so large it would be considered as a very good table Apple: it has a pleasant flavour, full of juice, and to those who are fond of eating Apple: it will prove very acceptable; it has not so open no so close a grain as some. Ripens in October, and will continue in eating for two months.

The one in the middle, on the left is the SULLENWORTH RENNET.  This is a good Apple for sauce and pies; it bakes of a good colour, and does not evaporate, either in baking or boiling, so much as many; will keep for use from October till March.

The one in the middle on the right, is a SAINT GERMAIN.  This is another very good Apple for Baking or boiling: is in perfection for use from October till the end of February.

The lower one, onthe left, is a WATKIN'S LARGE DUMPLING APPLE.  THis is a valuable Apple for sauce, baking and boiling, and one that should not be omitted in a collection.  This will keep good for October till March.

The lower one, on the right, is the BEAUTY OF KENT, or the FLOWER OF KENT.  This is a well known Apple, and one of the best Apples for sauce that come to market.  This will keep well till March: it is rather an open grain , and few Apples that are so will keep later than this."


Joel Oppenheimer http://www.audubonart.com/01_bro_01.asp

No other artist captured the romantic symbolism of fruit as did George Brookshaw. He combined stipple, aquatint, and linear engraving with considerable hand coloring as his medium. The resulting large, sumptuous engravings remove the subjects from the earthly context of the soil and edify them in their most ripened state. In Prideaux’s Aquatint Engravings the Pomona Britannica is Described as “one of the finest color plate folios in existence."

From Lowry James Web site: (http://www.lowryjames.com/cgi-bin/lowry/results.html?id=PLkrrWqH)

A rare and coveted work, Pomona Britannica is considered one of the most distinguished pomologies ever produced, and is described as "one of the finest colour-plate books in existence." (Prideaux). Named for Pomona, the Roman Goddess of Fruit and Fruit Trees, a pomology is simply a treatise on fruit culture. However, there was nothing simple about the intent and execution of this fine and rare work.

In an effort to educate the landed country gentleman concerning fruit cultivation, George Brookshaw (1751-1823) rendered and described the finest fruit under cultivation in the most esteemed gardens in London and the Royal Gardens, particularly around Hampton Court and Kensington.

Very little is known about the early years of Brookshaw's life and education. He was born in Birmingham and died an undistinguished death in London. However, during the late 18th Century, Brookshaw enjoyed significant notoriety as a talented cabinetmaker, distinguished by royal patronage. Receipts from the Prince of Wales dating 1783 document the finely painted furniture commissioned from G. Brookshaw. Elegant cabinets, tables and chimney pieces were painted with exquisite allegorical scenes, bouquets of flowers and abundant cornucopias, offering a glimpse into what was to become the hallmark of Brookshaw's talent; elegant and fluid renditions of fruit and flowers, as witnessed in this print. George's talent as an engraver was perhaps influenced by Richard Brookshaw, an established and talented mezzotint engraver in Paris during the 19th Century. Richard Brookshaw engraved several of the plates for this Folio edition of Pomona Britannica. A rare and masterful work, Pomona Britannica is a hallmark of the botanical tradition. (Ref. Dunthorne 55, Great Flower Books, Christie's 4-97).

Publisher Information:

G. Brookshaw, London: 1804-1812.