before photography

In 1880 the orchard farmer said, “I ordered peach trees but what I got I couldn’t sell. Nobody wants a chartreuse peach.”

As farmers expanded fruit orchards, horticulturists, agricultural colleges and vendors were bringing new varieties from foreign expeditions, developing new varieties and experimenting with biodiversity.

Prior to color photography, exact representations of fruit and vegetable crops was difficult and challenging untilĀ  artists developed superb watercolors: