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Image number: RS.12842
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Cuttings of grape vines




Joseph James Forrester (1809-1861, British), Topographer

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height (painting): 380mm
width (painting): 270mm


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Botanical studies of grape vines Vitis vinifera. 11 figures, showing sections of vine from the Douro wine region of Portugal.

Detail of an original illustration from the manuscript version of the paper ‘On the vine-disease in the port-wine districts of the Alto-Douro in April 1854. With a supplementary note on the proposed remedies for its eradication’, by J.J. Forrester. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, vol.7 (1854), pp.156-164.

The grape varieties are not given. The date appears lower right, ‘Alto Douro 3rd April 1854’. The accompanying text states that these cuttings produce ‘an inferior description of wine in the neighbourhood of Villa Real. The fruit of which was all destroyed in 1853. These vines are new budding forth vigorously and casting the diseased skin from their branches’. The subject of the paper, the impact of the grape disease commonly called phylloxera, was devastating for European wine production in the nineteenth century.

Joseph James Forrester (1809-1861) British wine merchant and topographer was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, best known for his survey of the Duoro wine-growing region of Portugal.

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