Patrick Taylor-Martin

The Busiest Man in England

A Thing In Disguise: The Visionary Life of Joseph Paxton

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JOSEPH PAXTON’S GREAT patron, the sixth Duke of Devonshire (always called the Bachelor Duke), was one of the richest men in England. Owner of many great houses besides Chatsworth, his palace in Derbyshire, he was an obsessive collector of books, statuary, pictures, precious objects of every kind. Plants, however, were his consuming passion and Paxton, who could work such wonders with them, became his closest friend and confidant as well as his employee.

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