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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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Article Darren N. Wagner; Joanna Wharton (2019) The Sexes and the Sciences. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (pp. 399-413). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Brouwer, Christine Elisabeth
Coulombeau, Sophie
Menon, Minakshi
Zucchi, Luca
Witteveen, Joeri
Whitmer, Kelly Joan
South Asian History and Culture
Journal of the History of Biology
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Yale Center for British Art
Proefschrift Universiteit van Amsterdam
Princeton University Press
Pour la Science
Oxford University Press
Columbia University Press
Classification in biology
Sex differences
Natural history
Linnaeus, Carolus
Delany, Mary
Banks, Joseph
Burney, Frances
Thunberg, Carl Peter
Spruce, Richard
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
Great Britain
Linnean Society of London

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