The United States Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection encompasses 7,497 botanical watercolor paintings of evolving fruit and nut varieties, alongside specimens. Authored largely before the widespread application of photography, the watercolors were intended to aid accurate identification and examination of fruit varietals, for the nation’s fruit growers. With an abundance of reproductions from the collection, this book encompasses texts from the fields of archaeology and anthropology, horticulture and literature, ancient representation and contemporary visual art, with contributors such as Michael Pollan.
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