Sunday, 24 April 2016

Lists of collections

London Gentleman and Adventurer: Walter Cope
An African Charm made of teeth, the twisted horn of a Bull seal. A unicorn's tail. A Flying rhinoceros (unremarked), a mirror which both reflects and multiplies objects. A sea halcyon's nest. A sea mouse.
Mullaney 1983
Charles Wilson Peale: 
A cow with five legs, six feet and two tails, a petrified nest, a devil fish, trompe l'oeil paintings, a speaking tube installed in a lion's neck, tattooed human heads and 'experiments in light, sound and clockwork motion.'
And in his needy shop a tortoise hung, an alligator stuff'd, and other skins of ill-fitted fishes; and about his shelves a beggarly account of empty boxes, green earthen pots, bladders and musty seeds, remnants of packed thread, and old cakes of roses, were thinly scatter'd to make up a show.
Shakespeare (Act V Scene1)
The Rape of the Lock: 
Unnember'd treasures ope at once, and here the various offerings of the world appear; from each she nicely culls with curious toil, and decks the goddess with the glitter'g spoil. This casket Indian glowing gems unlocks, and all Arabia breathes from yonder box. The tortoise here and elephant untie, transform'd to combs, the speckled and the white. Here flies of pins extend their shining rows, puffs, powders, patches, Bibles, billet-doux.
Pope (Canto 1 lines 129-138) 

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