Sunday, October 26, 2014

QotD: "The Swedish Government honoured Linnaeus highly, and built him a house at the entrance of the botanical garden" #Uppsala

2014.10.24-IMG_2200'The Swedish Government honoured Linnaeus highly, and built him a house at the entrance of the botanical garden, of which beautiful premises (the house and private garden) he took possession on July 18, 1743. This raises the question, Is this the plain small house at the corner of the Svartbacksgatan, No. 27, which tradition and a slab in the wall point out as the residence of Linnaeus at Upsala? or is this where he dwelt while the house that they call "beautiful" was in building? The low narrow windows of this small house could not have held many plants. These windows have been modernised, but one sees the original shallow brick arches still. The house has not been otherwise much altered since the time when Linnaeus lived here.' Through the Fields with Linnæus: A Chapter in Swedish History by Florence Cady (1887), Volume 2, pp.153-54

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