Nov. 7th, 2016

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[This is one in what has now become an almost-weekly series of postings inspired by Abigail Rorer, Mimpish Squinnies: Reginald Farrer's Short Guide to Worthless Plants. Rorer's book includes prints of fourteen plants Farrer considered worthless-- an interesting hybrid of botanically accurate and...different. You can see her work, including all fourteen mimpish squinnies, here: http://www.theloneoakpress.com/prints/newer.html ]

Today's Mimpish Monday is uncharacteristically brief, because I was in Boston for five days at a symposium on medieval manuscripts in conjunction with a three-venue exhibition. If you're curious, you can visit http://beyondwords2016.org/

But the determined Farrerophile can find mimpery just about everywhere. I could hardly contain my glee when I beheld the plant I wrote about last Monday as part of the exhibition. Behold a fifteenth-century (by the skin of its teeth) rendering of my Halloween squinny, Physalis, on display at McMullen Museum, Boston College.


Ms Typ 220. Houghton Library, Harvard University. Figures et fleures peintes: drawings, [ca. 1500]


Then, the next day, I found chrysanthemums of the sort that Farrer described as "moulting mops dipped in stale lobster sauce" in the courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, the second of three symposium/exhibition venues.



I didn't find any mimpish miseries in the exhibition at the third venue, Houghton Library (Harvard), but as the Physalis at Boston College came from the Harvard collections, I feel that I've covered all three bases.

Regular mimpery will resume next week.

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