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    Image number: RS.9445
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    Blue bottle fly

    Unknown, Engraver
    Robert Hooke (1635 - 1703, British) , Natural Philosopher
    Object type
    Library reference
    RCN 45230
    height (print): 305mm
    width (print): 183mm
       > Optics
          > Microscopy
       > Entomology
    Content object
       > animal
          > insect
    Microscopic study of a blue bottle fly calliphora vomitoria, providing a sectional view of its head, showing the compound eyes, antenna and mouth, its thorax and wings, its abdomen and its legs.

    Inscribed above: ‘Schem XXVI’

    Written in the associated text: ‘All the hinder part of its body is cover’d with a most curious blue shining armour, lookinh exactly like a polish’d piece of steel brought to that blue colour by annealing, all which armour is v ery thick bestuck with abundance of tapering bristles, such as grow on its back, as is visible enough by the Figure.’

    Plate 26 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.
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