C. Brookshaw Wall Art

C. Brookshaw (Born 1751 – Died 1823) was one of the most highly respected British painters and illustrators of botanical art. During the 19th century, the Pomona Britannica, his masterpiece collection was, and still is, considered to be unmatched in its excellence. This was a time when many great flower paintings were produced in England. His work, Pomona Britannica has been described as one of the finest color plate folios in existence. His initial images mainly depicted specimens from Kensington Gardens and the Royal Gardens at Hampton Court, and they became the initial part his series of artwork. The work titled Pomona Britannica first was issued in parts. That happened between 1804 and 1808 and the edition that was complete was dedicated to the Prince of Wales.

This final edition was published in 1812 and it contained ninety magnificent engravings and drawings of more than 250 varieties of fruits including peaches, pears, apples, grapes, melons and others. Brookshaw skillfully combed the technique with detailed hand coloring and linear and stipple engraving to produce compositions that show perfect specimens of ripe fruits which are isolated in space. The effect is imaginative, elegant and sumptuous, and in some ways looking very modern. The Pomona Britannica work took him 10 years before it was completed. In the preface of the collection, Brookshaw stated that his art was created for the “edification and enjoyment of succeeding generations." The artist died 11 years after finishing his exceptional and extraordinary contribution to the field of botanical art.
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