Brookshaw used a softly mottled background to seemingly float these luminous and richly colored Old St. Peter’s Grapes in a three-dimensional space. The subject of this image is clearly from a great vintage and was probably taken from the magnificent grape vine planted in Hampton Court during the Tudor era.
About George Brookshaw
Dedicated to his patron, The Prince of Wales, George Brookshaw's Pomona Brittanica is a masterpiece among 19th-century British flower books. Many of the specimens were taken from the Royal Gardens at Hampton Court and Kensington Gardens.
The Pomona was first issued in parts between 1804 and 1808; the first complete edition was published in 1812 and dedicated to the Prince Regent. In addition to creating the superb images, Brookshaw himself produced the engravings.
Brookshaw's distinctive and sensual botanic images take thorough advantage of the rich, modulated tones he was able to achieve with the aquatint process. These works are considered to be the finest British botanical art of the early 19th century, a time when many great flower paintings were produced in England.