Friday, September 16, 2011


curiosity, originally uploaded by nrillustration.

Look at that, if I get through this paragraph I'll have posted two days in a row! Yesterday I was mentioning the Enlightenment Room at the British Museum. This little drawer full of fiddly objects is a tray from Sir Hans Sloane's pharmaceutical cabinet. It reminds me of those house drawings where the house is cut in half and you see what's going on in each room.

The fascination during this period with science, culture and the natural world led to a craze of categorization and display. Even if you don't understand what's in each compartment, it's hard not to be drawn in by the variety of colors, shapes and textures.

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