Cabinet Geometrique de Mr le Clerc

This engraving depicts a large room containing an assortment of mathematical, optical, philosophical, and musical instruments. In one corner of this room, a group of men sit at and stand around a table, deep in discussion. Title aside, the image represents the cabinet of the Académie des Sciences, which moved to the Louvre in 1699. The image was created in Paris in 1711-1712 by Sebastien le Clerc (1637-1714), an engraver, engineer, and professor of perspective. The text at bottom of this example—“A Paris chez J. Chereau rue St Jacques au desous de la Fontaine St Severin aux 2 Colonnes No 267”—refers to Jacques Chereau, an engraver and print seller in Paris who sold the engraving later in the century.
Ref: Charles Antoine Jombert, Catalogue Raisonée de l’Œuvre de Sebastien le Clerc (Paris, 1774), vol. 2, pp. 266-267.
E. C. Watson, “The Early Days of the Académie des Sciences,” Osiris 7 (1939): 556-587.
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Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 10 in x 14 1/2 in; 25.4 cm x 36.83 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
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Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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