Watercolors of fruit so perfectly done they look real. American. Royal Charles Steadman, botanical illustrator. Living from 1875 to 1964, he was a botanical illustrator and wax fruit modeler for the United States Department of Agriculture.

POM00007419
“Watermelon/Citrullus lanatus, Tom Watson variety.” Specimen 88882. 1916. American. Watercolor. U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705. Fair use license. via https://usdawatercolors.nal.usda.gov/pom/catalog.xhtml?id=POM00007419&start=0&searchText=&searchField=&sortField=&authorFacet=Steadman%2C+Royal+Charles%2C+b.+1875
POM00007420
“Watermelon/Citrullus lanatus, Tom Watson variety.” 88882a. 1916. American. Watercolor. U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705. Fair use license. via https://usdawatercolors.nal.usda.gov/pom/catalog.xhtml?id=POM00007420&start=0&searchText=&searchField=&sortField=&authorFacet=Steadman%2C+Royal+Charles%2C+b.+1875
POM00006377
“Limes/Citrus aurantiifolia from Havana, Cuba.” Specimen 103823. October 30, 1923 image. U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705. Fair use license. via https://usdawatercolors.nal.usda.gov/pom/catalog.xhtml?id=POM00006377&start=0&searchText=&searchField=&sortField=&authorFacet=Steadman%2C+Royal+Charles%2C+b.+1875

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