Rosie Sanders, often described as the best painter of the world's most famous fruit, has devoted years to researching this book and submitting the apples to hour upon hour ofmeticulous observation. In 144 sensuously detailed watercolours she depicts the unrivalled range of form, colour and texture which characterize such varieties as Beauty of Bath, Peasgood Nonsuch, Cox's Orange Pippin and Egremont Russet. She shows the apples together with their blossom, twig and leaf and has written a detailed description recording their shape, colour, aroma, flavour and season as well as something of the history of each variety. Marginal line drawings in cross-section complete a comprehensive guide to identification and a source of inspiration for apple growers. The book's usefulness is enhanced by a practical essay on apple growing by Harry Baker, fruit officer for many years at the Royal Horticultural Society and one of Britain's foremost authorities on apple growing.First published in 1988 as The English Apple and still the most trusted and sought-after book for apple identification in the UK, this new edition is revised and updated for an international readership and includes an additional 22 varieties.
About the Author
Rosie Sander's unique style of painting pushes the boundaries of Botanical Art and whilst fitting loosely into the tradition of the genre, the size of her compositions and intense richness of colour sets her apart from her contemporaries. The Flower paintings have a sensuous quality and drama that is unrivalled in contemporary botanical painting and her paintings of fruit and vegetables combine this quality with a realism that makes them 'good enough to eat'.
Several of Rosie's paintings are in the collection of Dr.Shirley Sherwood and a dramatic painting of Arisaemas has been prominently displayed in the new Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art in Kew Gardens. She is represented by Jonathan Cooper at Park Walk Gallery in London where she has had solo shows since 2004. Rosie is a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen as a printmaker.
Rosie has been awarded five Gold medals by the Royal Horticultural Society and won the Royal Academy miniature award. She has had several books published , the most important of which is 'The English Apple' published by Phaidon Press.
Rosie currently lives in Devon where she gives residential or non residential botanical painting courses.
"Contains sensuously detailed watercolours showing the form, colour and texture of 144 different varieties [of Apple]." The Gloucestershire Echo "This is a book for those who love fruit, gardening and painting - and anyone of the above." Irish News "This book is an open love letter ti tge humble apple, the artist lovingly depicting each variety together with its blossom, twig and leaf, revelling in revelaing every minute detail." English Garden "Beautiful botanical paintings are combined with useful descriptive text to provide a valuable introduction to British Apples." Gardens Illustrated 'As an identification manual it is unparalleled, but even if you are not within ten miles of an apple tree, this is a book worth having. It is beautifully put together and full of intriguing information about how different apples got their names.' Anna Pavord in The Independent on the first edition of The Apple Book 'First published in 1988 and still the most sought-after and trusted book for apple identification in the UK due in no small part to these exquisite botanically accurate illustrations.' Royal Horticultural Society