Demainbray's convex mirror

Made:
1752

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Group shot of Scioptric ball, Camera obscura, dated before 1753, circa 1701-1752, Convex mirror on stand dated 1752 and
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Convex mirror on stand
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Convex mirror on stand
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Convex mirror on stand
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Convex mirror on stand
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Convex mirror on stand
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Convex mirror on stand, maker unknown, 1752. Once belonged to Stephen Demainbray.

This convex mirror once belonged to Stephen Demainbray and was used by him in his lectures on natural philosophy. He described it as a 'beuatiful large specula' and used it with the concave mirro to explain reflection on curved surfaces.Demainbray worked as superintendent at the King's observatory at Kew from 1768 and his collection of instruments and apparatus was absorbed into the King's own collection.

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Details

Category:
King George III
Object Number:
1929-120
Materials:
hinge: iron, mirror: speculum, tin/mercury amalgam, mount: beech, oak, stand: mahogany
type:
convex mirror
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
  • mirror - optical component
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
King's College, London

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