Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
‘And Eden from the Chaos rose’:: utopian order and rebellion in the Oxford Physick Garden
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6829-9326
(English)In: Annals of Science, ISSN 0003-3790, E-ISSN 1464-505XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Abel Evans's poem Vertumnus (1713) celebrates Jacob Bobart the Younger, second keeper of the Oxford Physick Garden (now the Oxford University Botanic Garden), as a model monarch to his botanical subjects. This paper takes Vertumnus as a point of departure from which to explore the early history of the Physick Garden (founded 1621), situating botanical collections and collecting spaces within utopian visions and projects as well as debates about order more widely in the turbulent seventeenth-century. Three perspectives on the Physick Garden as an ordered collection are explored: the architecture of the quadripartite Garden, with particular attention to the iconography of the Danby Gate; the particular challenges involved in managing living collections, whose survival depends on the spatial order regulating the microclimates in which they grow; and the taxonomic ordering associated with the hortus siccus collections. A final section on the ideal ‘Botanick throne’ focuses on the metaphor of the state as a garden in the period, as human and botanical subjects resist being order and can rebel, but also respond to right rule and wise cultivation. However, the political metaphor is Evans’s; there is little to suggest that Bobart himself was driven by utopian, theological and political visions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis.
Keywords [en]
Oxford University Physick Garden, history of botany, Jacob Bobart the Younger, Vertumnus, utopia, order
National Category
History
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-255821DOI: 10.1080/00033790.2019.1641223OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-255821DiVA, id: diva2:1342216
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2014-00871
Note

QC 20190823

Available from: 2019-08-13 Created: 2019-08-13 Last updated: 2019-08-23Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(4772 kB)38 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 4772 kBChecksum SHA-512
6963a531d77cd7b33ed5394ef84ec23d941a11ed91877d2a3e3a94c2e3175ddad63d8c8de83c1253ae229d64b87e656160ef63bd3b9e6c0e5abd207785e9266f
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Svensson, Anna
By organisation
History of Science, Technology and Environment
In the same journal
Annals of Science
History

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 38 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 46 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf