This fascinating collection is animated by one question: "How did people use print to structure and mediate their social relationships in Europe between 1700 and 1900?" Crafted by staff members at McGill University, the exhibition looks at objects that document a range of interpersonal practices in the field of botany. As the site suggests, "printed matter functioned in various ways to foster relationships between individuals" during this period. Visitors can get started in The Exhibition area which includes an overview of each thematic section. Moving on, the Browse Pictures area includes five thematic headings, including Networks of Correspondence and Sentimental Botany. Each of these features a collection of images from the original in situ exhibition and the items all have a certain charm that belies an era of long distance communication. Visitors shouldn't miss the Floral Birthday Calendar or the glorious cover of Flora Symbolica.
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