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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

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The Tradescants' Orchard: The Mystery of a Seventeenth-Century Painted Fruit Book


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In the early seventeenth century, England’s leisured classes took an eager interest in fruits from the Mediterranean and beyond, introducing species from abroad into the kitchen gardens and orchards of grand homes. A charming collection of sixty-six early watercolors showing fecund trees with fruits hanging heavily from their branches, The Tradescants’ Orchard is a testament to these broadening horticultural horizons.

The Tradescants’ Orchard reproduces for the first time the entire manuscript, traditionally associated with the renowned father-and-son nurserymen the John Tradescants. The paintings pose many questions: Who painted them and why? What is the significance of the wildlife—birds, butterflies, frogs, and snails—that appear throughout? Why is there only one depiction of an apple tree despite its popularity? Were there others that have since gone missing?

A visual feast that will appeal to botany and gardening enthusiasts, the book also includes an introduction that maps out the mystery of how and why these enigmatic watercolors were made.

About the Author

Hanneke Grootenboer is university lecturer in the history of art and a fellow and tutor at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford.

Table of Contents


1. ‘A curiosity in Mr Ashmoles museum

2. ‘A world of wonders in one closet shut

3. ‘Fruits and all manner of creatures

4. ‘An Orchard of all sorte of fruit bearing Trees

5. A 400-year-old legacy

The Tradescants Orchard

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The Mystery of a Seventeenth-Century Painted Fruit Book
Juniper, Barrie
Grootenboer, Hanneke
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
General Gardening
Gardening : General
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80 color plates
12 x 7.75 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
Home and Garden » Gardening » Fruits and Nuts
Home and Garden » Gardening » General
Science and Mathematics » Botany » General

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