iv. Lancelot “Capability” Brown, who laid out the gardens at Bowood, was head gardener at Stowe House, Buckinghamshire for ten years. In the Elysian Fields at Stowe can be found The Temple of British Worthies, built by Brown’s predecessor William Kent. The busts contained within include, among others, Elizabeth I, Isaac Newton and Francis Bacon.
i. Already a fictitious past occupies in our memories the place of another…
Until not all that long ago, a statue of Isaac Newton stood in Leicester Square (along with Shakespeare, Hogarth and Chaplin, among others). Further back still, this was the site of Wyld’s Great Globe, a 60-foot tall inverted representation of the Earth built by James Wyld the younger, noted geographer, map-seller and clearly something of a showman. The continents protruding from the surface of the interior were comprised of some 6000 plaster casts of mountain ranges, plains, deserts and tundra. Punch described it as “a geographical globule, which the mind can take in at one swallow” — a sensation perhaps akin to confronting JLB’s Aleph.
i. Not unlike the original flat earthers, the Muggletonians prefered to take their understanding of the cosmos from the Bible as opposed to science. A 1846 book, Two Systems of Astronomy, proposed an alternative to the prevalent heliocentric, Newtonian description of the heavens. In it the Earth is a fixed point about which extraterrestrial bodies orbit.