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‘All the Productions of That Nature’: Ephemera, Mycology and Sexual Classification at the Bulstrode Estate (2019)


The study of fungi posed challenges to the botanical activities at the scientific and sociable site of Bulstrode between 1763 and 1785. This article examines the mycological practices at Bulstrode as they appeared in letters, sketches and notes by John Lightfoot, Mary Delany, Georg Dionysius Ehret and Margaret Bentinck, duchess of Portland. I argue that the descriptive and analytical difficulties that fungi presented, and the flexibility and inconclusiveness of ephemeral productions, gave the botanists at Bulstrode opportunities to configure their own botanical identities, pursue their scientific ambitions and address the limitations of Linnaeus's sexual system of classification.

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Authors & Contributors
Brouwer, Christine Elisabeth
Müller-Wille, Staffan
Reeds, Karen
Duris, Pascal
Delage, Yves
Wulf, Andrea
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Noesis: Travaux du Comité Roumain d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology
Proefschrift Universiteit van Amsterdam
William Heinemann
Yale Center for British Art
Florida International University
Natural history
Sex differences
Linnaeus, Carolus
Delany, Mary
Bartram, John
Collinson, Peter
Miller, Philip
Banks, Joseph
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
20th century
Great Britain

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