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Collection Nature Print Collection
Catalog Number 2016.7.3
Object Name Print
Description "Cashew (Anacardium Occidentale)," hand-colored copperplate engraving from "A Curious Herbal: Herbarium Blackwellianum" by Elizabeth Blackwell. London, revised edition, 1750 (original published 1737-1739)

Exhibition Label (Birds, Bugs, & Blooms, 2014): Though she never travelled outside of Europe, Elizabeth Blackwell, an amateur artist, capitalized on the need for an updated herbal that that included species recently discovered in the New World and unfamiliar to Europeans. Text that accompanied this print notes cashew nuts found in the West Indies were good for eating, and treating corns and warts.
nature, female artist, medicine, herbal remedies, home medicine, nature, foliage, plants, science, natural history
Title Cashew (Anacardium Occidentale)
Date 1750
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Blackwell, Elizabeth
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique copperplate engraving
Dimensions H-13.5 W-8.75 inches
Credit line Gift of John Glynn
Subjects Illustration, Botanical