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BOOKISH BISCUITS: Installation in Chalfont St Giles inspired by Paradise Lost

 Published on: 16th September 2023   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A new biscuit-based installation is now on show at Milton’s Cottage, the home of Paradise Lost writer John Milton, in Chalfont St Giles.

Installed on National Biscuit Day, Dr Ella Hawkins’ remarkable biscuit-based artwork With New Delights is inspired by the collection at Milton’s Cottage. It is on display alongside the first edition books, maps, prints and ephemera that inspired it.

Dr Hawkins, a teaching fellow in Early Modern English at the University of Birmingham, has also created a biscuit-based treasure hunt so visitors can search the museum for the 13 items that she has taken inspiration from.

The biscuits are flavoured with rose, the plant most frequently mentioned in Paradise Lost, and have a royal icing base with designs either piped in royal icing or painted using food colouring gels and vodka.

As the earliest surviving biscuit dates back to 1784, the museum hopes that Ella’s biscuits will be part of the collection for many years to come.

The installation is running until October 29.

Photo credit: Dr Ella Hawkins

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