These richly colored Fruit prints are from early
issues of the Belgian horticultural journal La Belgique Horticole.
Published between 1851 and 1885 the journal focused on issues relating to the garden,
orchard and greenhouse. It is regarded by many as leading the revival of Belgian
horticulture in the 19th century. The chromolithographic plates included in the
journal portrayed flowers, fruits and mushrooms.
The journal was originally published under the
direction of Charles Morren (1807-1858) and later by his son Édouard (1833-1886).
Both father and son were botanists and university professors, and served as Directors of
the Jardin botanique de l'Université de Liège.
The elder Morren is also known for coining the
term phenology, referring to study of the seasonal cycles of animals and plants.
The lithography for the many of the plates shown
on this page were done by the Belgian lithographic artist G. Severeyns (1829-?).