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Dividing the spoils
Henrietta Lidchi and Stuart Allan

British Museum and the British Library. 7 NMS, A.1903.209. 8 Current research has located a number of these cups in regimental museums. 9 Evidenced because the sandals he also donated (NMS, A.1893.216) have a price attached and appear to have been new at the time of purchase. See also E. Talbot Rice and M. Harding, Butterflies and Bayonets: The Soldier as Collector (London: NAM, 1989). 10 The gift is recognised in the annual report of activities in 1893, but the collection is not cited in guidebooks of the early twentieth century, though other military

in Dividing the spoils
Mobility and erasure in the art of Flinders’s Australian voyage, 1801– 3
Sarah Thomas

, sometimes laborious, process of collecting specimens required frequent periods of stasis. Henry de Freycinet, lieutenant on Baudin’s voyage, famously said later to Flinders: ‘if we had not been kept so long picking up shells and catching butterflies at Van Diemen’s Land, you would not have discovered the South Coast before us’. 3 In his initial instructions for the voyage, Banks recommended that the ship’s tender be used frequently, ‘in order to Favor science … & at the same time to Render the survey more than usualy [ sic ] accurate … This will give the naturalists

in Empire and mobility in the long nineteenth century
John M. MacKenzie

flora and fauna to the Museum (including a significant assemblage of butterflies). He is commemorated in a bust and memorial on the staircase of its main hall. He was deeply implicated in the imperial advance on central Africa inaugurated by Cecil Rhodes, having been the guide to the 1890 so-called pioneer column which seized the territory that became Southern Rhodesia, later Zimbabwe, for the British South Africa Company. He was also involved in the expedition of ex-President Theodore Roosevelt and his son to East Africa in 1909–10 which was known to have been

in Dividing the spoils
Entomology, botany and the early ethnographic monograph in the work of H.-A. Junod
Patrick Harries

lepidoptera purely as an expression and proof of God’s glory. Through purchase and exchange, Robert assembled a magnificent collection of 23,000 butterfly species from all over the world. But while Robert was only interested in the remarkable beauty and diversity of these insects, a collector such as Frédéric de Rougemont’s son Frédéric (a pastor in the Independent Church) sought to discern the laws behind

in Science and society in southern Africa
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Indrani Sen

within the white community in India. Hence, colonial discourse was rife with hostile constructions of the white woman as a shallow, frivolous social butterfly who was busy enjoying the power of her sexuality and neglectful of her domestic responsibilities. Furthermore, in collating primary texts for my anthology, Memsahibs’ Writings (2008) I sought to capture in the words

in Gendered transactions
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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
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
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