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Image number: RS.9963
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‘The apple-service’ [Sorb apple]

Date

1755

Creator

George Edwards (1694-1773, British), Ornithologist

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 286mm
width (print): 220mm

Subject

Biology
   > Botany
Biology
   > Botany
      > Horticulture

Content object

nature
   > plant

Description

Botanical study of the sorb apple, fruit of the service tree (Sorbus domestica), showing fruit on the branch, a single specimen, a cut specimen and its seed.

Plate 211 from chapter 1 of Gleanings of natural history, exhibiting figures of quadrupeds, birds, insects, plants, &c..., by George Edwards, volume 1 (London, for the author, 1758). Described by Edwards in his accompanying text thus: “This fruit is here represented of its natural bigness: it grows in clusters, or bunches, from three to seven or eight fruits in a bunch. Each separate fruit appears like a little yellowish green apple, tinged with red, on the side which is exposed to the Sun. They are sprinkled with small rising brown spots all over the rind, and have hollow crowns, like apples...”.

The plate is inscribed: “SORBUM. The Greater Servis of Sorbe-apple, in French Corme. Drawn from Nature of natural bigness. Geo.Edwards Del: et Sculp. AD. 1755”.

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