A is for apple

These images have been drawn from the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and show a range of material from straightforward botanical studies and children's book illustration, to images of the apple as an emblem of autumn, as a decorative motif and as a symbol of temptation and the Fall of Man, as well as apple-related objects.

Some of the objects illustrated below are on display in the Museum's galleries, others are available for viewing in the Prints and Drawings Study Room or the National Art Library. Some of the objects can be seen in the Archive and Library Reading Room at Blythe House or at the Museum of Childhood.

Apples in botanical illustration

This is a collection of images relating to Apples in botanical illustration

Apples in children's books

This is a collection of images relating to Apples in children's books

Apples as a representation of the seasons

This is a collection of images relating to Apples as a representation of the seasons

Apples as a Decorative Motif

This is a collection of images relating to Apples as a Decorative Motif

Apples as food & drink

Daniel Maclise, Sketch of Apple Bobbing for the painting 'Snap-Apple Night', 1832. Museum no. F.88:124
Daniel Maclise, Sketch of Apple Bobbing for the painting 'Snap-Apple Night', 1832. Museum no. F.88:124
Bottle ticket, Sandylands Drinkwater, about 1750. Museum no. M.707-1944
Bottle ticket, Sandylands Drinkwater, about 1750. Museum no. M.707-1944
Apple scoop, unknown, 1757. Museum no. W.27-1939
Apple scoop, unknown, 1757. Museum no. W.27-1939
Dummy board of a woman peeling apples, unknown, about 1690. Museum no. W.43-1929
Dummy board of a woman peeling apples, unknown, about 1690. Museum no. W.43-1929

Apples as symbols

This is a collection of images relating to Apples as symbols

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V&A Pattern Pencil (Apple Cross)||EVAEX

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Wood and lead pencil wrapped in V&A pattern.Apple Cross furnishing textile, Robert Stewart (1924-95), Liberty & Co, London, 1954, © Victoria a…

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