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COLLECTION Identifier: ecb00003

Watercolors of potato plants

Scope and Content

This collection contains 82 numbered plates (lacking number 17) of potato plants and tubers on heavy stock paper. Most of the plates measure 54 x 37 cm; 13 have been cropped so only the tuber remains. The artist is unknown. The plates were likely prepared for publication. Each watercolor bears a number written in pencil and some have writing in Dutch. Many have a partial watermark from Jan Kool and Company, Zaanland, Holland, which dates the paper to circa 1820.


  • circa 1820

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available by appointment for research. Researchers must register and provide valid photo identification. Please contact for additional information.


0.2 linear feet (1 flat box)


The provenance of this collection is unknown.

Conservation note

Several paintings were conserved in 2018. Digitized by Harvard College Library Digital Imaging Group as part of the Original Botanical Illustrations in the Combined Collections of the Botany Libraries, 2018.

Watercolors of potato plants, circa 1820: A Guide.
Botany Libraries, Economic Botany Library of Oakes Ames, Harvard University.
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Repository Details

Part of the Botany Libraries, Economic Botany Library of Oakes Ames, Harvard University Repository

The Harvard University Herbaria houses five research libraries that are managed collectively as the Botany Libraries.The Economic Botany Library specializes in materials related to economic botany or the commercial exploitation of plants. The Archives of the Economic Botany Herbarium of Oakes Ames houses unique resources including personal papers, institutional records, field notes and plant lists, expedition records, photographs, original artwork, and objects from faculty, curators, staff, and affiliates of the Economic Botany Herbarium.

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