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William Hooker

William Hooker (1779-1832) studied botanical illustration under Franz Bauer. He was commissioned by the Horticultural Society, (now RHS), to paint a series of fruit portraits. These typically show all the elements of the plant needed for identification: leaf, stem, full fruit, cross section, pip, bud and blossom. Hooker employs a stipple effect to capture the texture of the fruit.