Hereford Pomona
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The Herefordshire Pomona is a 19th-century catalogue of the apples and pears that were grown in the county of Herefordshire in England. It was one of the first attempts to fully catalogue the existing varieties of English fruit and has been called "a classic of late Victorian natural history". Only 600 copies were ever printed and originals now fetch high prices whenever they are sold.

Heredfordshire pomoma LVI
Heredfordshire pomoma XX

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Apple Plates from the Heredfordshire Pomona
Heredfordshire pomona LVI

LVI 1. Kentish Fillbasket, 2. Calville Malingre, 3. Calville Blanche D'Hiver, 4. Calville Rouge d'Automme.


Alice B. Ellis for the Woolhope Club. Chromolithographs Brussells, G. Severeyns
12 7/8 x 10" (32.7 x 25.4 cm.) matted, glazed gilt-wood frame 20 x 16 3/4"

Ref GH 68 (140)/onn/ r.ando> DGNN PRICE CODE F

 

Heredfordshire Pomona XX

XX 1. Yorkshire Beauty, 2. Loddington

Alice B. Ellis for the Woolhope Club. Chromolithographs Brussells, G. Severeyns
12 7/8 x 10" (32.7 x 25.4 cm.) matted, glazed gilt-wood frame 20 x 16 3/4"

Ref GH 69 (140)/onn/ r.ando> DGNN PRICE CODE F

At the behest of the Pomona Committee of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club, Dr. Robert Hogg, at the time Vice-President of the Royal Horticultural Society [RHS], author of The Fruit Manual, and editor of the RHS Journal; and local doctor and former president of the Woolhope club, Dr. Henry Graves Bull, catalogued and described the fruit displayed at the shows. The descriptions were painstakingly illustrated over a period of eight years by Alice Blanche Ellis and Edith Elizabeth Bull, Robert's daughter.
The book originally appeared in seven issues, the first part appearing in 1878 and the last in 1884, Once complete the seven parts were collected together and published by Jakeman & Carver as The Herefordshire Pomona Containing Original Figures and Descriptions of the Most Esteemed Kinds of Apples and Pears. 600 copies were published and included 441 exquisite hand-coloured lithographs by the Belgian firm of G. Severeyns who were the leading Belgium chromolithorgaphers of the day.

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