"Cherries:-- 1. Early Rivers. 2. Emperor Francis, 3.
White Bigarreau." Original color plate from The Gardener's
Assistant by Robert Thompson under the Direction of
William Watson, Curator, Royal Gardens, Circa 1902 London.
Matted and in clip slip cover, paper size height 10
½" x width 7 ¼". Perfect condition and color.
Accompanying narrative with plate "The cultivated varieties
of Cherries have been derived from two species . . .
The cultivation of the Cherry in this country is said
to have been started in the time of Henry VIII, when
several varieties were introduced from Italy into Kent.
There are now more than one hundred named varieties
grown in England alone; some of the best of these were
raised by Mr. Rivers of Sawbridgeworth. . . In some
parts of Germany, Belgium, and Italy, Cherries are not
uncommon as roadside trees, where they afford shade
and yield copious crops of fruit."
These illustrations were used in school in Germany.
One of the earliest books to illustrate citrus fruits
was published in 1708, Volckamer's Nurnbergische Hesperides.
In 1729 Batty Langley published Pomona or the Fruit
Garden Illustrated . . . with over 300 drawings of several
fruits engraved on seventy-nine folio pages. What followed
was Twelve Months of Fruit in 1732 to several other
noteworthy publications to Poiteau's Histoire Naturelle
des Orangers in 1818. Today, fruit illustrations are
highly sought after by collectors, decorators, gardeners,
and others interested in this area. At this point, no
credit cards or shopping carts on line. shipping and
handling not included.
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