The publication of the Pomona Britannica marked the re-emergence of the acclaimed English artist George Brookshaw (1751-1823) into the public eye after a total disappearance of nearly a decade. A successful cabinetmaker with the patronage of the Prince of Wales, Brookshaw suddenly disappeared from view in the mid-1790’s, and with the Pomona Britannica he not only trumpeted his return but demonstrated the skills he had acquired in a new metier: botanical art. Characterized by the highest standards of production and artistic quality, the superb illustrations that Brookshaw drew and engraved for the Pomona Britannica remain perhaps the most sumptuous and distinctive of the early 19th century. Brookshaw’s fine illustrations make excellent use of the rich, modulated tones that the aquatint process creates. The elegantly arranged and richly colored fruits emerge from deep brown backgrounds or float on a softly mottled light ground, creating a presence unlike that of any other botanical illustrations. Brookshaw asserts in the preface that the Pomona Britannica was an enduring work created for the enjoyment and edification of “succeeding generations.” The beauty and uniqueness of his illustrations guarantees the lasting value of this most exceptional work. This hand-colored aquatint engraving, Plate LI, Black Morocco, is folio size measuring 22.75" x 17.75". This engraving is in very good condition with light foxing and staining throughout. This bunch of grapes is exquisitely colored in shades of rich blue with highlights and shading, creating dimension. The leaves and stems holding this bunch are also well detailed and colored with shades of green and burnt orange, creating a realistic and dynamic image. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Plate LI, Black Morocco
Publication Date: 1804
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Very Good
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