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Image number: RS.9439
Credit: © The Royal Society
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Poppy seeds

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): 190mm

Subject

Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy
Biology
   > Botany

Content object

nature
   > plant

Description

Microscopic study of six poppy papaver somniferum seeds.

Inscribed above: ‘Schem XIX’

Written in the associated text: ‘they are of a dark brownish red colour, curiously Honey-comb’d all over with a very pretty variety of Net-work, or small kind of imbosment of very orderly rais’d ridges, the surface of them looking not unlke a Beev’s stomack.’

Plate 19 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

<The World>
   > Europe
      > United Kingdom