image MS_847_517b
Image number: RS.17486
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Engine for raising water for irrigation

Date

29 June 1681

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p517

Material

Dimensions

height (page): 150mm
width (page): 176mm

Subject

Description

Sketch of a device apparently used in China to raise water for irrigation, described by Sir Christopher Wren. The drawing appears on a slip of paper bound with draft minutes of a meeting of the Royal Society on 29 June 1681, at which Wren 'gave a description of and conjecture about the way of raising water in China for watering ground' (Birch 4:93). The minutes were taken by Robert Hooke, and are now part of the 'Hooke folio' (MS/847).

Transcription

China water engine. Sr. C Wren for watering Ground
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 29 June 1681, 'The president gave a description of and conjecture about the way of raising water in China for watering ground; which it was desired might be farther explained' (Birch 4:93).

Related Fellows

Robert Hooke (1635-1703, British), Natural philosopher
Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723, British), Architect

Associated place

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      > China
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