The Tradescants' Orchard
The Mystery of a Seventeenth-Century Painted Fruit Book
Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
The Tradescants’ Orchard reproduces for the first time the entire manuscript, traditionally associated with the renowned father-and-son nurserymen the John Tradescants. The paintings pose many questions: Who painted them and why? What is the significance of the wildlife—birds, butterflies, frogs, and snails—that appear throughout? Why is there only one depiction of an apple tree despite its popularity? Were there others that have since gone missing?
A visual feast that will appeal to botany and gardening enthusiasts, the book also includes an introduction that maps out the mystery of how and why these enigmatic watercolors were made.
1. ‘A curiosity in Mr Ashmole’s museum’
2. ‘A world of wonders in one closet shut’
3. ‘Fruits and all manner of creatures’
4. ‘An Orchard of all sorte of fruit bearing Trees’
5. A 400-year-old legacy
List of plates
Sources and further reading