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Image number: RS.9446
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Larvae

Date

1665

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

After

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

Object type

Library reference

RCN 45230

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 300mm
width (print): 211mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > insect

Description

Microscopic study of water-dwelling larvae. Fig. 1. provides a plan view of the specimen, showing its head, eyes, antenna, abdomen and cercus; Fig. 2. shows the specimen at an earlier development stage, and; Fig. 3/4 show similar specimens as found in Brasil and described by Guliemus Piso.

Inscribed above: ‘Schem XXVII’

Plate 27 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