Diorama showing Lavoisier carrying out an experiment in Paris in 1789, England, 1945-1960

Made:
1945-1960 in London
maker:
Wellcome Institute

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Diorama "The Advance of Physiology" showing Lavoisier, carrying out an experiment in Paris in 1789, made by Wellcome Institute, London, 1945-1960

This diorama shows the great French chemist Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794), considered the pioneer of modern chemistry, conducting an experiment on breathing. His assistant, Armand Séguin (1767-1835), is wearing a rubber mask connected to a spirometer to measure the amount of air breathed in and the amount of carbon dioxide breathed out. Lavoisier is taking Séguin’s pulse at the same time. The diorama is based on a sketch by Lavoisier’s wife, Marie-Anne, who can be seen taking notes in the background.

Details

Category:
Laboratory Medicine
Object Number:
A626414
Materials:
glass, metal, plaster and wood
type:
diorama
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication