Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Fine Art Tuesday


Flemish Beauty pear watercolor by L.C.C. Krieger. 1935

U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705

Pineapple sweet orange. Mary Daisy Arnold. Miss Arnold contributed 1059 watercolors to the USDA collection. This image was completed in 1936

Kalamazoo peach. Deborah Griscom Passmore who contributed 1,524 watercolors of various fruits to the USDA collection. This watercolor was created in 1910. One is immediately struck by the relatively low ratio of flesh-to-pit.

Oakland apple. Amanda Almira Newton contributed 1,211 watercolors. This one was painted in 1921. A very similar apple called "Oakland County Seek-no-Further" was grown locally (Eaton Rapids). It was very slow to come into bearing. Not every heirloom is worth saving.

Damson plum. Royal Charles Steadman contributed 892 watercolors. This image was painted in 1930.

Rome apple, soft fruit rot. James Marion Shull contributed 770 watercolors. This image was painted in 1935. Images like this were valuable for training purposes as not every disease showed up every year.

A tip of the fedora to Billybob in Arizona for suggesting and ferreting out these images for me.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. I had no idea such things existed ERJ. Thank you for sharing.


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