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Paradise remade

A recurrent theme was that all gardens were in some sense recreations of the Garden of Eden, established by God as the first home of man. Later gardeners, it was thought, might by their learning, systematic collecting, art and labour recover the original integrity of creation lost with the Deluge, and also the mastery over the natural world which Adam had enjoyed.

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John Evelyn's pen-and-ink drawing of garden tools   The Paradise Lost of Milton with illustrations
Elysium Britannicum (unpublished)
John Evelyn's pen-and-ink drawing of garden tools.
Add. MS 78342, f.58
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  The Paradise Lost of Milton with illustrations.
Designed and engraved by John Martin, 2 vols, 1827.
643, m.19
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But for some writers, such as John Milton, the most significant presence in the garden remained the serpent, bringing temptation and loss of man's innocence.

 
 
 
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