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Watercolors of potato plants, approximately 1820: A Guide.

Economic Botany Archives of Oakes Ames, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Economic Botany Archives of Oakes Ames, Botany Libraries, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: ecb00003
Repository: Economic Botany Archives of Oakes Ames, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Title: Watercolors of potato plants
Date(s): approximately 1820
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (1 flat box)
Language of materials: Dutch; Flemish

Provenance:

The provenance of this collection is unknown.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is available by appointment for research. Researchers must register and provide two forms of valid photo identification. Please contact botref@oeb.harvard.edu for additional information.

Scope and Content

This collection contains 82 numbered plates (lacking number 17) of potato plants and tubers on heavy stock paper. Most of the plates measure 54 x 37 cm; 13 have been cropped so only the tuber remains. The artist is unknown. The plates were likely prepared for publication. Each watercolor bears a number written in pencil and some have writing in Dutch. Many have a partial watermark from Jan Kool and Company, Zaanland, Holland, which dates the paper to circa 1820.

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