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The Twelve Months of Fruit / January

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1859,0709.649

  • Title (object)

    • January

    Title (series)

    • The Twelve Months of Fruit
  • Description

    Varieties of apples and pears arranged in and around a fruitbowl with sculpted nymphs hanging around the side, the fruits numbered 1-24 and other foliage lettered A-F, with a key below, ornate frame surrounding with Aquarius the water-carrier in a panel at the top; after Peter Casteels. 1733
    Etching and engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1733
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 430 millimetres
    • Width: 340 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with month in an ornate plaque with key surrounding, production detail: "Design'd by Pter. Cassteels." [sic], "Engrav'd by G. VanderGucht" and "From the collection of Robt. Furber Gardiner [sic] at Kensington"
  • Curator's comments

    Companion series to 'The Twelve Months of Flowers', published in 1730 (see 1859,0709.637-648). The fruits series introduced an element of instruction, with a tabel beside the key detailing their preferred aspect and habit. Subscribers were given a free gift as a mark of gratitude friom Furber, his 'Short Introduction to Gardening' (1733), listing the subscribers and details about his plants. Unlike the Flowers series, the Fruits were not extensively copied, although the sets sold well. (See Timothy Clayton, 'The English Print 1688-1802', Yale, pp.130-134.)

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  • Location

    Not on display (British Masters Portfolio)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1859

  • Acquisition notes

    1859,0709.637 to 723 are the contents of the dispersed 'volume containing 95 prints' after various artists, deposited by Evans on 21 April 1859. It was registered as a volume of 'prints published by John Boydell', which implies that they are all Boydell reprints of earlier plates.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1859,0709.649

Varieties of apples and pears arranged in and around a fruitbowl with sculpted nymphs hanging around the side, the fruits numbered 1-24 and other foliage lettered A-F, with a key below, ornate frame surrounding with Aquarius the water-carrier in a panel at the top; after Peter Casteels.  1733  Etching and engraving

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Varieties of apples and pears arranged in and around a fruitbowl with sculpted nymphs hanging around the side, the fruits numbered 1-24 and other foliage lettered A-F, with a key below, ornate frame surrounding with Aquarius the water-carrier in a panel at the top; after Peter Casteels. 1733 Etching and engraving

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