Black Dwarf,  1 (1817), 448.

Grove at the Lyceum



Advertisment, Spoof


Botany, Horticulture, Display

    Announces: 'TO BE SEEN ALIVE, at the Lyceum, during the summer season, SEVERAL REAL TREES'. The manager being anxious to please the 'natives of London' with 'novelties' has transplanted 'from the distant country of Hackney, a collection of very fine trees, most of them six or seven feet high'. They have been received with 'rapturous applause', despite being in a bad condition. The manager 'is not botanist sufficient himself to tell the names of the different species; but a gardener from Scotland attends to point them out to the company'. Following complaints, the leaves are 'carefully stitched on' and painted. They are going to be decorated with wooden apples and 'all the small summer fruits [...] cast in lead to last the winter'.

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