Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Aaron HillThe Muses' Projector, 1685-1750$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Christine Gerrard

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183884

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183884.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 20 April 2021

Schemes and Projects 1712–1721

Schemes and Projects 1712–1721

(p.39) 2 Schemes and Projects, 1712–1721
Aaron Hill


Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Hill's schemes and projects from 1712 to 1721. Hill, like another of The Dunciad's victims, Daniel Defoe, devoted much of his early maturity to the obsessive pursuit of ‘projects.’ Hill's subsequent notoriety as a failed beech-oil projector was harder to shake off than Defoe, but the drive which led them to pursue the application of scientific process to commercial venturism makes them in some sense more characteristic of the age than the satirist who targeted them as ‘dunces.’ He produced two volumes of essays to air the numerous schemes and projects teeming in his fertile brain, from the establishment of chinaware manufacture and vineyards in Britain, through to techniques to repair Dragenham Breech, and the foundation of engineering and agricultural colleges. Hill and Defoe were products of the enterprise culture which reached its apotheosis and its nadir in 1720, the year of the South Sea Bubble disaster.

Keywords:   The Dunciad, Daniel Defoe, scientific process, commercial venturism, South Sea Bubble disaster

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .