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George Brookshaw Pair of Engravings of Melons, Plates 66 and 67

$8,500Asking Priceper set


George Brookshaw engravings of Melons, Scarlet Flesh Rock Melons, Plate 66. (double Melon) and Silver Rock Melon, Plate 67, From 'Pomona Britannica, or, A Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits'. Dated 1812 (NY9574-nlir) These aquatint engraving, with some stipple, was printed in color and finished by hand. One depicts Scarlet Flesh Rock Melons, Plate 66. (double Melon) and the other Silver Rock Melon, Plate 67. Dimensions: Frame: 28 1/4 inches x 25 1/4 inches wide x 1 1/4 inches; 18 x 14 1/2 in. (sight). Provenance: Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed. 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." Donald A. Heald writes, George Brookshaw's Pomona Britannica is the finest work on fruit and flowers ever produced. Its breathtaking images display a level of technical virtuosity and beauty that distinguish this magnificent work as a true work of art. As a retired cabinetmaker, Brookshaw produced his seminal botanical study late in his career, at first publishing it in parts and then as a complete edition in 1812. The fact that this outstanding work took ten years to complete is evident in the quality of its images and the care with which Brookshaw executed each individual picture. 'Pomona Britannica' was produced as a visual record of the best available varieties of fruit in an attempt to encourage gardeners to experiment with growing fruit, and illustrates examples found in the Royal gardens at Hampton Court, Kensington Gardens, and the private gardens of the Prince of Wales in Blackheath. 'Pomona Britannica' differs from other botanical works in its dark aquatinted backgrounds and its stylized compositions. By using aquatint to create a contrasting background, Brookshaw manages to produce a truly dramatic effect. His use of stylized composition distinguishes his pictures from the dry scientific illustrations found in other botanical studies and creates an exceptionally beautiful visual experience. 'Pomona Britannica' is not only a didactic study, it is a masterpiece of illustration in which every picture is a testament to the artist's talent and ingenuity.


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    Height: 28.25 in. (71.76 cm)Width: 25.25 in. (64.14 cm)Depth: 1.25 in. (3.18 cm)
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    Downingtown, PA
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    Seller: NY9574-nlir1stDibs: LU861022598802

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