Microscopic studies, bridge and ‘monstrous child’

    Date
    1684
    Creator
    Michael Burghers (1630, Dutch) , Engraver
    Creator - Organisation
    The Royal Society, Publisher
    Object type
    Article identifier
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (page): 213mm
    width (page): 150mm
    Subject
    Content object
    Description
    Thirteen figures from issue 160 of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

    Figures 1-2. Microscopic study of fish scales.
    Figures 3-4. Microscopic study of blood vessels.
    Figure 5. Microscopic study of a lacteal.
    Figure 6. Dried ox bladder.
    Figure 7. Microscopic view of bowel mucosa.
    Figure 8. A geometric representation of the bowel cut open.
    Figure 9-11. Microscopic views of fat globules, as found within bowel mucosa.

    Illustrations to ‘An abstract of a letter from Mr. Leewenhoeck of Delft, dated Decemb. 28th 1693, concerning scales within the mouth, the scaly child that was shewn, the anatomy of the slime within the guts, and the use thereof’ in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 14, issue 160 (20 June 1684).

    Figure 12. Profile view of a bridge at Pont St. Esprit. Illustration to ‘A letter from Mr. Tankred Robinson to Dr. M. L. Aug. 4. 1683. Concerning the bridge at St. Esprit in France’ in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 14, issue 160 (20 June 1684).

    Figure 13. Depiction of a ‘monstrous child’, born in South Jutland, Denmark. Illustration to ‘The description of a monstrous child, born Friday the 29th. February 1684. at a Village called Heisagger, distant about 4, English miles from Hattersleben, a Town in South-Jutland, under the King of Denmark’s dominion […]’ by Christopher Krahe in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 14, issue 160 (20 June 1684).

    Inscribed below: ‘MBurghers Sculp.’

    Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) Dutch scientist, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1680, and; Tancred Robinson (c.1658-1748) British physician, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1684.

    ‘MBurghers’ possibly refers to Michael Burghers (c.1647-1727), Dutch illustrator and artist, who spent most of his career in England.
    Related fellows
    Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632 - 1723, Dutch) , Microscopist
    Tancred Robinson (1655 - 1748, British) , Physician
    Associated place
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    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.18723
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