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The South African Museum, Cape Town
John M. MacKenzie

of papers and a two-volume work on butterflies 44 at the time of his appointment and wrote many more papers while curator from 1872 to 1895. 45 During these years the staff remained minimal, little more than a taxidermist (later with an assistant), a clerical assistant from the 1880s, and an attendant. Both Trimen and more particularly his successor (but one) Louis Péringuey were able to exploit their entomological expertise

in Museums and empire
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Robert H. MacDonald

from some chairs and a blanket. To speak of ideology in such a case may seek to break a butterfly on a wheel, yet the listening child, in a world constructed by an adult, is being conditioned in a classist and ethnocentric self-image. The mood is comfortable and self-congratulatory: the child looks out on from behind his window on Leerie the Lamplighter, and is safe in a middle-class nest. People

in The language of empire
Andrew J. May

his family had been in residence since the midsixteenth century. Among other collectibles, the ‘bachelor duke’ had developed an obsession with orchids after seeing the Psychopsis papilio at an exhibition in London in 1833. The flower motif of this butterfly orchid is carved into the trellis pattern of the golden picture frames in the Gold

in Welsh missionaries and British imperialism
Donald F. Lach and Theodore Nicholas Foss

la Chine , retelling the delightful dream of the Taoist Chuang-tzu. 15 In ‘Das Rad des Schicksals’(‘The Wheel of Fate’) (1784) Seckendorf starts with the metempsychotic reverie of Chuang-tzu, in which the philosopher wonders if in reality he is a butterfly dreaming he is Chuang-tzu or Chuang-tzu dreaming he is a butterfly. On the basis of this dream Seckendorf tried to compose a piece in what he

in Asia in Western fiction
Jonathan Chatwin

Shougang, and then the first signs of real redevelopment, in the form of the buildings of the ‘Financial Street Chang’an Center’, which promised to be a ‘New Business Landmark in West Beijing’. The tall towers were of curved corners and blue glass; a butterflied suspension bridge in steel and wire added a flourish to the plaza in front. Along the bottom of one of the promotional signs for the as-yet empty towers ran English text in the cut-and-paste style one becomes accustomed to in China: ‘approach of interior architect material and finish detail design’, it ran

in Long Peace Street
Gathering nature’s wonders
Helen Cowie

Mieg scrutinised some ‘beautiful butterflies from America and China, which this Real Gabinete owes in part to the munificence of our august and beloved Queen’. 22 Mieg did not specify which of Ferdinand VII’s four wives had donated these charming insects to the museum. The most likely candidate, however, was Ferdinand’s second spouse, Isabel of Braganza, whose

in Conquering nature in Spain and its empire, 1750–1850
John M. MacKenzie

So did Sir Harry Johnston in the grounds of his residence at Zomba in the British Central Africa Protectorate (Malawi). All this activity could actually place species at risk, just as the contemporary passion for the collection of birds’ eggs and butterflies seriously reduced the numbers of some rarities. F. C. Selous perfectly combined a range of hunting activities. He was a commercial hunter who

in The Empire of Nature
Opera, operetta and ballet
Jeffrey Richards

Puccini’s Madame Butterfly (1904), the devoted Cho-Cho San commits hara-kiri when abandoned by the American Lieutenant Pinkerton; and in Delibes’s Lakmé (1883), the Indian girl Lakmé poisons herself when the English officer Gerald, whom she loves, returns to his army duties. In Lehar’s Land of Smiles (1928), the Chinese Prime Minister Prince Sou Chong is left brokenhearted when his Viennese

in Imperialism and music
Emma Gleadhill

’. 1 The box contains many specimens that the countess had ‘collected and ranged, with the nicest Judgement and Propriety I was capable of’, including ‘butterflies covered with Plumage, or tinctured with a Variety of Colours’. 2 She provides the gentlemen of the society with a microscope to study her butterflies, and they marvel at the insect's wings, ‘all the colours in Mother of Pearl … Eyes that glow in a Peacock's Tail … and Edges bordered with … shining silks’. 3

in Taking travel home
A gendered divide in Victorian society
Diana Donald

the blackbird’, Sylvia deters a rough village boy from birds-​nesting, and finally enrols him in the Band of Mercy. In ‘The merciless boy; or, “Oh! don’t, don’t, brother John” ’, mother and sister both remonstrate with John for torturing a butterfly –​‘ “It was God’s butterfly” ’.88 The battle for boys’ souls could, alternatively, be waged by a system of antitypes: cruel boys are constantly set against kind boys, often on facing pages. In ‘Robert the stone-​thrower’, a boy stones birds on his way to church, and is duly admonished by his mother, but his father

in Women against cruelty (revised edition)