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Image number: RS.9433
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Crystals

Date

1665

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

After

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

Object type

Library reference

RCN 45230

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 305mm
width (print): 209mm

Subject

Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy

Description

Microscopic study of two samples of crystal: Fig. 1. flint crystals [top] and Fig. 2. urine crystals [bottom]. Figures A-L are details of each urinary crystal present in Fig 2.

Inscribed above:’Schem VII’

Written in the associated text: ‘these [the urine crystals], through the Microscope, appear to be a company of small bodies, partly transparent, and partly opacous, some White, some Yellow, some Red, others of more brown and duskie colours’.

Plate 7 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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