Sunday Garden: Flowers & Fruits from Java

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This week’s HSA Sunday Garden focuses on the incredible art and science of Berthe Hoola van Nooten from her Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisis de l’ille de Java (c1880). Java is a large island of Indonesia, which Hoola van Nooten moved to Java around 1860 with her brother. She was able to publish her work due to the patronage of Queen Sophie of the Netherlands, and the chromolithographs of her illustrations were executed by Pieter De Pannemaeker, the Belgian lithographer. Sadly, Hoola van Nooten died in poverty at age 74 in what is now called Jakarta, despite the popularity and success of her work.

This work was digitized by the Raven Library of the Missouri Botanical Garden for inclusion in Biodiversity Heritage Library. You can explore all 40 chromolithographs from this exquisite work in BHL’s Flickr album.

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Cacao Tree (Theobroma cacao), the source of chocolate!

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Flame Tree (Delonix regia).

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Papaya (Carica papaya). 

Wouldn’t these look great hanging on a wall? You can download high resolution versions of these illustrations, along with many others, from Biodiversity Heritage Library! Learn more here.