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Image number: RS.13484
Credit: ©The Royal Society

The formation of the planets

Date

1799

Creator

Blanchard (active 1790s, French), Engraver

Object type

Image reference

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 202mm
width (print): 119mm

Subject

Description

Allegorical scene showing a Creator accompanied by cherubim with the Sun and solar system. The planets are shown in their orbits, surrounded by clouds.

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.160 and p.161.

Inscribed above: ‘Tom. 1. P.163.’ Inscribed below: ‘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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