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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Mystery from the Seventeenth century - warmly recommended reading

There’s a peculiar book preserved in the manuscripts department of the Bodleian Library about which little is known. The pages bear vivid, naive but carefully observed watercolours of ripe fruits: 12 types including two varieties of “apricockes” and a dozen “peeches”, most of them barely recognisable ancestors of the common peach that you and I might buy in Waitrose. They’re interspersed with insects, frogs, birds, even imaginary hybrid beasts and a miniature squirrel, sometimes seemingly in dialogue. All the drawings have a fresh immediacy to the modern eye. Read more...

The Tradescants' Orchard - Bodleian Library 
In addition to the vibrant primitive watercolor paintings (66 in all) which are reproduced here in facsimile format for the first time there is a general introduction which lays open the mystery of why and how these fascinating watercolors were created.  Captivating and warmly recommended reading!

3 comments:

J R Shepherd said...
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J R Shepherd said...

Looks like a good book - thanks for sharing Mervi! I hope that you are well. Any trips to Kew planned soon for the Rory? I know you like to frequently visit with your groups.

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski said...

Thank you Jessica, This year I will be taking the students to Stockholm, Helsinki and St Petersburg - perheps next year we'll stop by Kew again ~