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Image number: RS.13483
Credit: ©The Royal Society

The Genius of Nature contemplating the Universe

Date

1799

Creator

Blanchard (active 1790s, French), Engraver

Object type

Image reference

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 206mm
width (print): 132mm

Subject

Description

Allegorical scene showing a winged figure swathed in clouds above the Earth and the Moon, with the Sun behind. The constellations of Libra, Scorpio and Centaurus are also shown.

Plate (not numbered) from the book Histoire naturelle, généralle et particuliére…Nouvelle edition, by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon and C.S. Sonnini, volume 1 (Paris 1799). The illustration is bound between p.18 and p.19.

Inscribed above: ‘Tom. 1. P.81.’ Inscribed below: ‘Le Genie de la Nature dans la Contemplation de l’Univers. [The genius of Nature in the contemplation of the universe]. Blanchard Sc.’

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788), French naturalist and man of science, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1740.

Charles-Nicolas-Sigisbert Sonnini de Manoncourt (1751-1812), French naturalist.

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