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Image number: RS.9432
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Hair and a shell

Date

1665

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

After

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

Object type

Library reference

RCN 45230

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 299mm
width (print): 176mm

Subject

Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy
Biology

Description

Microscopic study of a number of samples of hair, including Fig. 2.a. a pig’s bristle, 2.b. a cat’s whisker, 2.c/d. horse hair, 2.e. human hair [bottom] and Fig. 3. an Indian deer’s hair [middle], as well as a shell specimen [Fig. X, top].

Inscribed above: ‘Schem V’

Plate 5 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