The USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection is a collection of original watercolors, lithographs, and photographs documenting fruit and nut varieties developed by growers, including USDA plant explorers, around the turn of the 20th century. Technically accurate paintings were used to create lithographs illustrating USDA bulletins, yearbooks, and other series distributed to growers and gardeners across America.
Coverage: 1886 to 1942, with the majority created between 1894 and 1916.
The collection contains 7,584 watercolor paintings, lithographs and line drawings, including 3,807 images of apples. The plant specimens illustrated originated in 29 countries and 51 states and territories in the U.S.
The paintings were created by approximately twenty-one artists commissioned by USDA for this purpose. Some works are not signed.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pomological Watercolor Collection (web site)html
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29 countries and 51 states and territories in the U.S.
National Agricultural Library - ARS - USDA
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January 1, 1886 to December 31, 1942
Other (Public Domain)
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005:037 - Department of Agriculture - Research and Education
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005:18 - Agricultural Research Service