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Image number: RS.1871
Credit: © The Royal Society
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Hooke's microscope

Date

1665

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

After

Robert Hooke (1635-1703, British), Natural Philosopher

Object type

Image reference

Library reference

RCN 45230

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 330mm
width (print): 210mm

Subject

Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy
Biology

Content object

Description

Sectional view of Robert Hooke’s microscope [bottom right], oil lamp and water flask [bottom left]. The microscope is made of wood, with the barrel covered in a patterned leather. The oil lamp is lit, generating a light intended to illuminate his specimens. Three details of his lens-grinding machine are presented above.

Inscribed above: ‘Schem. 1’

Plate 1 from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia: or some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses with observations and inquiries thereupon (1665), the first fully-illustrated book on the topic of microscopy. In the preface Hooke asserts that he had discovered ‘a new visible World’.

Robert Hooke (1635-1703) British natural philosopher was a founding member of the Royal Society, elected in 1663. Before his career with the Royal Society, Hooke had been apprenticed to painter Peter Lely (1618-1680), where he learned to draw and paint. Though he did not engrave the images in Micrographia himself they were engraved after his illustrations.

Associated place

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      > United Kingdom