Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) was a renowned 19th-century botanist who served as the first “official” Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1841 to 1865.
“William Hooker’s illustrations of plants combine meticulous accuracy and attention to the smallest detail with enormous graphic technique and graceful presentation, and are acknowledged masterpieces of botanical art. Hooker’s illustrations of fruits are perhaps without equal. Both an artist and a gardener, Hooker had a remarkable knowledge of fruits. As a result, the Horticultural Society of London commissioned him to paint and describe about 150 of the most attractive and interesting varieties then being cultivated. The Pineapple series demonstrates his meticulous attention to detail and artistic skill, coupled with his extensive botanical knowledge of the subject.”
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