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Botanical watercolor drawing of a walnut branch with leaves, fanned around the stem, with green and mature walnuts.

Two green unripe bulbous walnuts are attached to each side of the stem near the bottom below the leaves. A brown textured walnut sits on the lower right, detached from the stem, ready to be harvested. Pairs of oval leaves opposite each other become slightly larger towards the top of the stem, with the largest leaf at the tip. Leaf veins are rendered in light green and radiate from the center line lengthwise of each leaf. Shadows give the branch and nuts dimensionality; the background is plain antique white. The Latin name is in the middle bottom.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Unidentified Artist
Previously attributed to Josef Abel, Austrian (1764 - 1818)
Plant Study: Walnut
Work Type
18th century
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Physical Descriptions

Watercolor over graphite on cream antique laid paper
36.9 x 23.7 cm (14 1/2 x 9 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: coat-of-arms with fleur-de-lys and C & I HONIG (similar to Heawood 1854)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Loan from the Collection of Edouard Sandoz
Object Number
European and American Art

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Exhibition History

  • 32Q: 2240 18th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/22/2019 - 02/25/2020

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