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Image number: RS.17395
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Water-raising engine


22 July 1663


Unknown, Artist

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height (page): 320mm
width (page): 200mm


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Diagrammatic drawing of Prince Rupert's water-raising engine, after a 'hydrocontisterium novum' designed by Bonaventura Cavalieri (1598-1647), which was presented to the Royal Society on 22 July 1663. Robert Hooke provided the description, which was ordered to be registered.

This is a copy of either RBO/2i/281 or RBO/2ii/193. For the original drawing by Hooke, see Cl.P/20/21/001. Another copy can be found at RBC/2/082.

This volume is another copy of entries of the first two volumes of the Register Book. It was given to Sir Joseph Banks by G. S. Heales Esquire of Doctor's Common on 31 May 1814.

Object history

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 22 July 1663, ‘Prince Rupert’s water-raising engine after the method of Cavellerius’s hydrocontisterium novum, was ordered to be tried; and a description of it was given in by Mr. Hooke, which was ordered to be registered’ (Birch 1:285). The text and figure are printed in Birch 1:286.

Related Fellows

Robert Hooke (1635-1703, British), Natural philosopher
Prince Rupert (1619-1682, German), Natural philosopher

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