A roving gentleman

The first cabinets were collectors items, filled with curiosities for amusing your friends and displaying your wealth, taste and travels. Thanks to Sophia, Laura and Will treating me to a birthday brunch with a side-dish of culture, I was able to renew my acquaintance with this family at the Ashmolean. The Tradescants were gardeners and botanist-explorers to royalty and nobility in 17th century England and their collection formed the start of Elias Ashmole’s public cabinet.

(c) The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

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