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A still life oil painting of various types of fruits resting on a stone ledge. Several of the fruits, including the pumpkin, are split open to show their seeds.

Snuff Bottle Side 1
This snuff bottle composed of bamboo explores the relationship between nature and daily life in Chinese culture during the Qing Dynasty

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Copy of a trade card by Hogarth for Mrs Holt's Italian Warehouse used for advertisement; Mercury talking to Florence, who sits with items of trade: a jar of oil, fan, hat, violin etc., men loading other items onto a ship at right, Rome in background;…


The first representation of a tomato in Europe was found in Pietro Mattioli's Discorsi on Dioscorides' Materia Medica. This book was first published in 1544. This specific image, however, is from a later edition of this book published in German in…

Piment ou poivre d'Inde
This image is an ink drawing of a pepper plant found in Bryan Edwards' "The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies." The illustration appears in Volume I-II.

Cucumber in the upper left corner

Georg Flegel's 1625 Still Life portrays a lemon in the context of the Early Modern period. This painting depicts a meal probably consumed by the merchant or noble class. The lemon would perhaps be used to season the bird on the plate. This painting…

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John Gerard, an English botanist, describes the tomato plant and fruit in his seventeenth century herball.

Depicted is John Leypoldt's smooth-cut copper engraving of tomatoes growing on a vine, which was reprinted by the Library of Congress. The image was likely originally drawn and colored by Basilius Besler, for whom Leypoldt worked as an engraver. …
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