Punica granatum II

Punica granatum II

Pomegranates on a branch II


19.5cm x 30cm

Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico Extra White 300 gsm cotton rag

SOLD - Private collection

This branch of pomegranates was painted for an exhibition at the London Garden Museum which was held from May to September 2017.

The London Garden Museum secured Heritage lottery Fund support to complete the restoration of the ancient structure of the Lambeth Museum and its transformation into a modern museum. The exhibition pf botanical paintings was part of the opening of the new facilities.

The exhibition was designed to bring together contemporary botanical paintings of heritage fruits of the sort which might have been depicted in "The Tradescants' Orchard', the original of which is the centrepiece of the exhibition. Other exhibits depicted the wider historical context of horticulture at the time.

Artists were asked to depict heritage varieties, as noted in the Tradescant papers or otherwise known to have been collected at the time these father-and-son gardeners and plant collectors were active, from the late 1500s until 1662. The Tradescants' collection of curiosities formed the foundation of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Pomegranates are simply an astonishing fruit: redolent of a pirate's treasure chest full of rubies. There is much to love about their rounded hexagonal shape and their brilliant, colourful skin. Towards the end of the summer, they grow and swell, bold and opulent against a background of twig and dying leaves.

This specimen grew in Jordan, where pomegranates grow easily and well, and where they are valued for their health properties, as well as their flavour.