The Pomona Britannica was intended by its initiator George Bradshaw in 1812 as a celebration and a record for the owners of large estates of the range of fruit grown around London and in Hampton Court in particular.


Here are eight specimen plates that seek to present the basic design options he allowed himself, including the sort of Manichean background of Light and Dark. The Gooseberries plate is wonderful.


01 Hautboy Strawberry

02 Gooseberries

03 Tradescant Cherry

04 Apricots

05 Black Jamaica Pineapple

06 Black Muscadine Grape

07 Melon Ice

08 Apples (various)