Robert Furber (1674 – 1756) cultivated fresh artistic ground with decorative botanical paintings and historically significant engravings. The owner of a famous London nursery, Furber had the luxury of meticulously studying plants before he painted them in superb detail. He is best known for “The Twelve Months of the Year in Flowers,” the first plant and seed catalog ever published. Representing over 400 species, it contained an engraved plate for each month of the year, showing the corresponding seasonal flowers displayed in a vase. Farber later published “The Twelve Months of Fruit,” which illustrated 364 varieties of fruit.