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.

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“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
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“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
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“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

More beautiful American wildflowers taken from Emma C. Embury’s 1845 book “American Wildflowers in their Native Haunts.”

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“Sisyrinchium Anceps – Blue Eyed Grass.” Page 108. Collections of the United States Geological Survey Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/americanwildflow00embu/page/108/mode/2up
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“Chimaphila Umbellata – Prince’s Pine.” Page 128. Collections of the United States Geological Survey Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/americanwildflow00embu/page/128/mode/2up
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“Erythronium Americanum – Adder’s Tongue Velvet.” Page 135. Collections of the United States Geological Survey Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/americanwildflow00embu/page/135/mode/1up

Botanical prints of tropical flowers. More from Nancy Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft’s 1828 “Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba.”

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“Lily and amaryllis belladona.” Plate 38.125. Page 137. Collections of and digitalized by Cornell University. In the public domain. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463&view=1up&seq=137&size=125
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“Narcissus (lily of the rocks) and Panoratium caribaea, Sea onion.” Plate 32d. 131. Page 143. Collections of and digitalized by Cornell University. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463&view=1up&seq=143&size=125
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“Bastard Fustic.” Plate 33d. 135. Page 147. Collections of and digitalized by Cornell University. In the public domain. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463&view=1up&seq=147&size=150

Drawings of wildflowers taken from the United States Army Corps of Engineers 1848 work “Notes of a military reconnaissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, including parts of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers.” C. B. Graham, lithographer.

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“Zinnia Grandiflora.” Page 204. Collections of the University of Michigan. Google, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_ggFZAAAAMAAJ/page/n203/mode/2up
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Title not legible. Page 208. Collections of the University of Michigan. Google, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_ggFZAAAAMAAJ/page/n207/mode/2up
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Title not legible. Page 210. Collections of the University of Michigan. Google, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_ggFZAAAAMAAJ/page/n209/mode/2up
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Title not legible. Page 210. Collections of the University of Michigan. Google, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_ggFZAAAAMAAJ/page/n209/mode/2up

Flowers, some with blue berries. Plates from Pierre-Joseph Redoute’s 1802 work “Les Liliacees” which was printed in Paris. Redoute made colored drawings of the roses of the Empress Josephine, too.

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“Amaryllis Aurea and Amaryllis Dorée.” Page 61. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age, via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753002806674/page/61/mode/2up
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“Ornithogalum Arabicum – Ornithogale d’Arabie.” Page 63. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age, via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753002806674/page/63/mode/2up
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“Amaryllis de Broussonet.” Page 62. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age, via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753002806674/page/62/mode/2up

Flowers from just a little bit back. 16th century. Flemish. Engravings, plates from Adriaan Collaert’s work “Florilegium.” Collaert lived from around 1560 to 1618 and was from a family filled with printmakers.

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Plate 2, page 4. Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/florilegium00coll/page/4/mode/2up
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Plate 3, page 5. Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/florilegium00coll/page/5/mode/2up
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Plate 4, page 13. Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/florilegium00coll/page/n13/mode/2up

Orchids, chromolithographic plates from Frederick Boyle’s 1901 work “The Woodlands Orchids” which was published in London. J. L. MacFarlane, lithographer.

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“Zygo colax-woodlandsense.” Frontispiece, page 9. Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/woodlandsorchids00boyl/page/n9/mode/2up
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“Laelio cattleya x Elegans Variety Cyanthus.” page 16. Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/woodlandsorchids00boyl/page/16/mode/2up
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“Cattleya Trianae Variety Measuresiae.” Page 60. Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/woodlandsorchids00boyl/page/n59/mode/2up
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“Laelio cattleya x Elegans Variety MacFarlane.” Page 47.Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/woodlandsorchids00boyl/page/n46/mode/2up

Images from the “Erbario”, an herbal created in northern Italy. Begun in the early 15th century, there are over 70 spread over 100 folios. Collections of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania. via publicdomainreview.org

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Image 28. Collections of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania. Image in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/erbario-15th-century-herbal
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“Bonafacia.” Image 2. Collections of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania. Image in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/erbario-15th-century-herbal
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Image 5. Collections of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania. Image in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/erbario-15th-century-herbal
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Image 12. Collections of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania. Image in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/erbario-15th-century-herbal
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Image 21. Collections of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania. Image in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/erbario-15th-century-herbal

See more here https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/erbario-15th-century-herbal where they also have a link to look at all of them in the University of Pennsylvania digital archives

Summer wildflowers for a late May day. Plates from “Harper’s Guide to Wild Flowers” by Caroline Alathea Stickney Creevey. Published in New York in 1912.

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“DItch Stonecrop in Fruit” (penthorum sedoides). Page 32. Collections of and digitalized by the North Carolina State University Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/harpersguidetowi00cree/page/32/mode/2up
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“Bur-reed” (sparganium simplex). Page 39. Collections of and digitalized by the North Carolina State University Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/harpersguidetowi00cree/page/39/mode/2up
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“Pipewort” (Eriocaulon articulatum). Page 45. Collections of and digitalized by the North Carolina State University Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/harpersguidetowi00cree/page/45/mode/2up
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“Coast Jointweed” (Polygonella articulata). Page 61. Collections of and digitalized by the North Carolina State University Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/harpersguidetowi00cree/page/61/mode/2up
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“Lizard’s Tail” (Saururus cernuus). Page 57. Collections of and digitalized by the North Carolina State University Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/harpersguidetowi00cree/page/57/mode/2up

More flowers, plates from Francisco Manuel Blanco’s “Flora de Filipinas” which was published in Manila in the early 1880s. From the digital archives of the The Royal Botanical Garden, Madrid.

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“Renealmia Exaltata.” Plate 1. C. Verdaguer. Barcelona, lithographer. Image © Royal Botanical Garden, Madrid. Artwork itself in the public domain. Fair use license. via https://bibdigital.rjb.csic.es/viewer/9470?viewer=picture#page=8&viewer=picture&o=share&n=0&q=
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“Commelina Polygama – blanco. C. Benghalensis – variedad – Canescens.” Page 19. C. Verdaguer. Barcelona, lithographer. Image © Royal Botanical Garden, Madrid. Artwork itself in the public domain. Fair use license. via https://bibdigital.rjb.csic.es/viewer/9470?viewer=picture#page=19&viewer=picture&o=share&n=0&q=
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“Nyctanthes sambac and Jasminum Bicorollatum.” Page 12. C. Verdaguer. Barcelona, lithographer. Image © Royal Botanical Garden, Madrid. Artwork itself in the public domain. Fair use license. via https://bibdigital.rjb.csic.es/viewer/9470?viewer=picture#page=12&viewer=picture&o=share&n=0&q=
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“Costus Luteus – Blanco. Curcuma Xanthorrhiza.’ Plate 2. C. Verdaguer. Barcelona, lithographer. Image © Royal Botanical Garden, Madrid. Artwork itself in the public domain. Fair use license. via https://bibdigital.rjb.csic.es/viewer/9470?viewer=picture#page=9&viewer=picture&o=share&n=0&q=