Prints of Optics

Prints of Optics

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These six engravings were produced for the Optics article in volume 17 of the Encyclopaedia Londinensis, a multi-volume work published at London between 1810 and 1829.
In the center of one is an eye surrounded by seven women probably representing the colors of the rainbow. In each corner is a putti holding, respectively, a spyglass, a camera obscura, a prism, and a bowl of water refracting light. The text reads “Optics” and “Engraved for the Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Jany 1820” and “A.D.M. Inventit” and “J. Chapman, sculp.”
In another, the texts read “OPTICS” and “Plate 12” and “Engraved for the Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Jany 1820” and “1, 2, 3. Reflecting Microscope. 4 to 8, Solar Microscopes. 9, 10. Lucernal Microscope.”
In another, the texts read “OPTICS” and “Plate XIII” and “1 to 11, Micrometer for Telescopes. 12 to 15, for Microscopes” and “Engraved for the Encyclopaedia Londinensis, 1820.”
In another, the texts read “OPTICS” and “Plate XIV” and “Photometer and Optometer” and “Engraved for the Encyclopaedia Londinensis, 1820.”
In another, the texts read “OPTICS” and “Plate XV” and “Principles of the Construction of the Kaleidoscope” and “Engraved for the Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Jany 1820.”
In another, the texts read “OPTICS” and “Plate XVII” and “Imperfections of Optical Instruments” and “Engraved for the Encyclopaedia Londinensis, 1820” and “R. & E. Williamson, Sculpt.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
prints
place made
United Kingdom: England, London, City of London
Measurements
overall in envelope: 9 1/2 in x 12 in x 1/16 in; 24.13 cm x 30.48 cm x.15875 cm
ID Number
PH.330425
catalog number
330425
accession number
290491
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National Museum of American History
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