This engraving depicts the physics cabinet in the Augustinian monastery at Indersdorf, a Bavarian town located between Dachau and Augsburg. This cabinet is exceptional in large part because of this picture, and because its content and history are extremely well documented. Many of the instruments were made by Georg Friedrich Brander in Augsburg. The air (or vacuum) pump on the right side of the image was based on the form introduced by Professor of Natural Philosophy Wolferd Senguard in Leiden. The instrument in front of this is an electrostatic machine with a Leyden jar. The meridian line on the floor is a feature that was fairly common in in Austria and South Germany in the 18th century.
This image was prepared for the Kurtze historische Nachricht von dem Ursprung und Fortgang deß Stifft- und Klosters Ünderstorff Can. Reg. S. Aug. Congreg. Lateranensis in Ober-Bayrn, Rent-Amts München, Bisthumbs Freysing herausgezogen aus den alt und neuern Kloster-Chronicis anno 1762 (Augsburg, 1762). The signature at bottom left reads: “Georg. Dieffenprunner Pict. Aug. Delin.” That at bottom right reads: “Jos. Et Joan. Klauber Sc. Aug. Vind.”
Ref: Peter Dorner, “Die physikalische Sammlung des Klosters Indersdorf,” in Amperland Heimatkundliche Vierteljahresschrift für die Kreise Dachau (1978), pp. 296-299, 318-321.
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paper (overall material)
overall: 6 3/4 in x 9 1/4 in; 17.145 cm x 23.495 cm
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Deutschland: Bayern, Augsburg
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Science & Mathematics
Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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