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Praeclarissimus Isaacus Newton Eques
Print. Engraving, Praeclarissimus Isaacus Newton Eques, by G. Bickham, published by Robert Sayer, 8 May 1787. Depicting Isaac Newton in portrait bas-relief medallion format, bust profile to R, inset in geometric rays, centre of starry firmament with allegorical figures, putti, and assorted scientific instruments - scales, telescopes, dividers etc. Trimmed to 35 x 24 cm, image 34 x 23 cm. In frame 51x37.5x2.5cm.
Mezzotint: Portrait of John Arnold
Susan Esther Reid
print, mezzotint, portrait of John Arnold (1736?-1799), painted by R Davy, engraved by SE Reid, n.d. [c1765-70?]. Dedicated to the Royal Society of Arts by Susan Esther Reid. Sitter shown TQL turning to R seated holding chronometer, book of tables beside inkstand on table. [probably] After the oil by Robert Davy, 1765, inv.1868-248. In frame 53x42x1.5cm
Engraving, line, with etching: ... the New Invented Expedition Crane..., John Webb the Inventor. [dedicated to the Royal Society of Arts]. Isaac Taylor del. et sculpt. Published October 1764. Platemark 46.3x32.8cm on sheet 51x38cm. Crane pulley system powered by horse whin to move buckets up and down from coal barge 'Laying up coals in a Magazine, as Set forth by the Inventor in the Gazetteer April 16 1764'. In frame 65x51x2cm
Hendrik van der Borcht
Print, framed and mounted, not glazed, etching, portrait of Elias Allen ELIAS ALLEN. Apud Anglos Cantianus, iuxta Tunnbridge natus, Mathematicis Instrumentis aere incidendis sui temporis Artifex ingeniosissimus, Obijt Londini, prope finem Mensis Martij, Anno a Christo nato 1653, suaeque aetatis, H. Van der Borcht pinxit; W. Hollar fect. [London] [1653?] 1 print, etching, [trimmed to] platemark 24.3x17cm., Portrait, HL to R, with instruments including theodolite sections, dividers, horizontal sundial and universal equatorial ring dial; on wall, sector quadrant and tools. Ref: Parthey 1338; O'Donoghue, 1
Mezzotint portrait of Benjamin Franklin
Mezzotint portrait: B. Franklin of Philadelphia, LLD,FRS, M. Chamberlin pinxt. E. Fisher fecit. (2nd State). Imprint: Sold by M.Chamberlinin Stewart ST., Old Artillery Ground, Spittalfolds, (London). 39x28cm.
Engraving. Divers Projets sur la descente en Angleterre. Reversed and redrawn from a French print and issued June 1798. A fantasy of the invasion of England by the French army via a Channel Tunnel, ships at sea, balloons in the sky, small semaphore. 210 x 160mm.
Portrait oil painting of John Arnold and family 1783-1787
Painting. John Arnold and family / Robert Davy, [1783-1787]. Oil on canvas; 106x129cm in gilt frame, unglazed, 124x147x8cm. Group portrait depicting the watch and chronometer maker John Arnold (1736-1799) examining a chronometer, his son John Roger Arnold (1769-1843), active from 1783 as a watchmaker, and his wife Margaret Arnold (1743/4-1789). Robert Davy died in 1793 after being robbed. The portrait of John Arnold was engraved in mezzotint by Susan Esther Reid
Anamorphosis Painting of Perspective View of a Ship Model
Willem van de Velde
An anamorphosis painting of a perspective stern view of a ship model / Artist unknown, c.1744-1774. Oil on panel; 43.5 x 52.5 cm in gilded frame, 53.5 x 62 x 4.3 cm. Formerly attributed to 'Van de Velde'. Panel is made from three pieces of wood, the paint overlaid. Painted viewing circle encloses an image of a woman's head. Ship model is of French origin; mounted upon a marbled tabletop. With cylindrical mirror (see 1948-326/2) and anamorphic prints (see 1948-326/3-22).
Stipple-engraved portrait of Margaret Bryan and two children
Print. Stipple-engraved portrait entitled 'MRS. BRYAN and CHILDREN.' Engraved by William Nutter after a miniature of the same size painted by Samuel Shelley. 172x137mm engraved area.
Mr Lunardi's New Balloon
Drawing, pencil, pen and line with sepia wash. Mr. Lunardi's New Balloon ascending with Mr. Biggin and Mrs. Sage from the Royal George Rotunda in St. George's Fields, near London. By I. Cordy, a spectator. . Image 36x24cm. With technical detail of gantry, supplies, large crowd of spectators. In frame 51x37x1.5cm. 29 June 1785
print. engraving and etching. CAROLVS II. SOCIETATIS REGALIS AVTHOR & PATRONVS - SOCIETATIS PRAESES - ARTIVM INSTAVRATOR Evelyn inv D.D.C.; Wenceslaus Hollar f.1667. [London] [J. Martyn] 1667. [trimmed to] 20x16.5cm. Frontispiece from 4to version of first edition of: History of the Royal Society of London, for the improving of natural knowledge/Thomas Sprat. - London, T.R. for J. Martyn, 1667. The frontispiece consisting of the arms of the Royal Society appeared in editions of 1667, 1702 and 1722, but was omitted from the fourth edition of 1734. This second frontispiece appeared only in the larger impressions of the first edition of 1667. Portraits; Bust of Charles II, patron of the Royal Society, upon an inscribed pedestal and crowned by the figure of Fame. Supported to l. by Viscount Brouncker, first President of the Society; to r. by Sir Francis Bacon, instigator of concept of a society of scientists and philosophers in The New Atlantis. Above, the coat of arms of the Society. In gallery setting, opening to world beyond, amid books and various scientific Instruments. Charles II, King of Great Britain 1630-1685. Bacon, Francis. Hollar, Wenceslaus 1607-1677.
Engraving of a demonstration to compare lightning conductor designs
Engraving. A View of the Apparatus and part of the Great Cylinder in the Pantheon. M.A. Rooker del. ; Engrav'd by J. Basire. n.d. [1778-1780?]. Platemark 19.7x25cm on sheet 25.7x31.5cm. Scene of Benjamin Wilson's cylinder electrostatic generator with huge [lightning] conductors. In frame 37x41x1.5cm
Joseph Priestley LLD FRS
Print. Engraving, line. Joseph Priestley LLD FRS. [state before imprint?]. [Published ... J Walker, 1 February 1782]. Image 15.5x9.5cm on sheet 28x19.5cm. Portrait, Bust profile to l, in wig and gown, in oval within rectangle,; above, foliage decoration; below on shelf, books, palette and electrical apparatus. In frame 30x22x1.5cm
Lunardi's second balloon ascending from St. George's Fields, 1785
Julius Caesar Ibbetson
Painting, [Lunardi's second balloon ascending from St. George's Fields] / Julius Caesar Ibbetson, c.1785. Oil on canvas, 52x62cm in gilt frame 60x71x5.5cm. Formerly thought to have been by George Day, this is now attributed to Julius Caesar Ibbetson, and is a fuller version of the smaller oil by him in the Museum of London. A version exhibited at the Royal Academy London, 1788 (cat. 126). Shows the ascent from St. George's Fields, Islington, London, of George Biggin and Mrs. Sage, 29 June 1785; showing crowds, gantry, gas apparatus and Lunardi's balloon; balloon ascension; gas balloon; gantry
Joseph Wright of
Painting. Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792), by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1790. Oil on canvas; 76.5x64.2cm in gilt frame 80.5x93.5x6.5cm. After the full length oil commissioned by the sitter, 1789-90. Commissioned from Wright by Jedediah Strutt, friend and patron of sitter; by family descent, the 'Belper' Arkwright; in contemporary Belper family frame. Portrait: HL looking to L, in red coat with striped yellow-green waistcoat.
Ivory and horn anatomical model of the eye, Italy, 1674
Ivory and horn artificial eye, complete with eyelids, by Giovanni Batista Verle of Venice
Statue of deity
Cast bronze statue of deity, seated in half-lotus position, has a pairs of arms, wearing tiara, pendants etc., Sino-Tibetan, 1751-1800
Speculum mirror for Gregorian telescope
Speculum mirror of 3-inch aperture for Gregorian telescope by James Short, London [138/878 = 12].
Dispensing pot, London, England, 1720-1780
Earthenware dispensing pot, tin-glazed, possibly London, 1720-1780
Syrup jar for Oil of Foxes, Italy, 1701-1800
Italian syrup jug, early C18 blue and white probably from Veneto, used for "crafty fox oil"
Barber-surgeon's bronze token, England, 1790-1799
Bronze token advertises a Smithfield barber surgeon (?). Artist unknown, token English, 1790-1799
Electricity and Magnetism
Thunder house, said to have been used by Galvani to show how a lightning conductor works, Galvani collection
Verge watch in inner and outer case
Verge watch in silver inner case, shagreen outer case, by Theo. Fisher, London, no.2, about 1700, donated by Evan Roberts in 1916
Horn framed reading lens with tooled leather case
Horn framed reading lens with tooled leather case, 1680-1690
Model of stylised human skull - momento mori
Ivory model of a stylised human skull, with a snake, snails and toad climbing on it, probably a momento mori, Japanese, probably 1701-1800
George Graham dust cap
Dust cap made for pocket watch (object number 1916-160) with movement number 5925, by George Graham, London, 1688-1751.
Compound microscope signed J. D. V. Fokkenberg Fec
Compound microscope signed J. D. V. Fokkenberg Fecit Utrecht 1777; rack adjustment to both body and stage, on large wood base; metal of speculum mirror badly tarnished; one single lens o.g., 2-lens ocular
Four syrup jars and four pharmacy jars, 18th century.
Large tin-glazed earthenware drug jar, peacock motif, used for theriaca of Andromachus, Dutch, 1730-1780
model experimental cart
King George III
Model experimental cart with six wheels, maker unknown, before 1753.
Weather compendium by George Graham
Weather compendium combining cistern mercury barometer, alcohol thermometer and thread hygrometer by George Graham, Fleet Street, London, 1739
Tongue depressor, spatulate, steel, Europe, 1650-1
Tongue depressor, spatulate, steel, Europe, 1650-1800
Case for Wax male figure showing the muscles and bones of the body, Florence, Italy, 1776-1780
Anatomy & Pathology
Case for Wax male anatomical figure, showing deep muscles and skeleton, in case, Italian, 1776-1780
Horary quadrant by Henry Sutton
Horary quadrant consisting of front and reverse paper scales and wooden board made by Henry Sutton, Threadneedle Street, London, 1658.
Letter from J. Woodward
James Watt's Garret Workshop
1 Letter from J. Woodward dated London Street 17 Jany. 1797
Watch movement with a quarter-repeating mechanism of early design by Thomas Tompion.
Watch movement with a quarter repeating mechanism of early design, by Thomas Tompion, c. 1691-2. Dial missing. Verge escapement, balance spring with 5 turns. Tulip pillars. Signed 'Tho. Tompion, London'.
Model of Iron Bridge, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, 1784
Mahogany model of the cast-iron bridge over the River Severn at Coalbrookdale, with engraved brass place. Made by Thomas Gregory for Abraham Darby III, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, 1784.
Multiplying spectacles, 1650
Multiplying spectacles, consisting of a pair of rock crystal 'lenses', each with 24 facets, in a gilt metal frame, 17th-18th century.
Circular instrument dividing engine.
Circular instrument dividing engine made by John Troughton, London, England in 1778. The Cast brass, 46 1/4-inch dividing plate, with twelve spokes and 2160 teeth is supported on a heavy wooden frame and tripod table stand (foot treadle missing). It is similar to the first successful dividing engine which was completed by Jesse Ramsden in about 1775.
F. Casartel, alcohol thermometer, 1720-1750
Alcohol thermometer in wooden glazed case by F. Casartel, Amsterdam, Holland, 1720 to 1750. Scale plate marked with Fahrenheit and Florentine divisions.
German glass vase, 1650-1800.
Classical & Medieval Medicine
German medieval folk narrative vase
Whole model, full rigged, of ship of the line, H.M.S. 'Prince'
Contemporary whole rigged (rigged in Museum) model, scale 1:48, of English 1st rate ship of the line of 100/90 guns HMS 'Prince' (1670), showing hull construction method, designed by Peter Pett and made by Chatham Dockyard,
Early Culpeper microscope
Compound microscope made by Edmund Culpeper, 1720-30, Moorfields, London. Wooden frame and pasteboard and red leather tube with gold-coloured tooling. Complete with pyramid-shaped carry case, specimen slides and accessories.
Callipers, used for artillery purposes, French, 17th century
Albarello, Spanish, from Catalonia, 18th century b
Albarello, Spanish, from Catalonia, 18th century blue and white, used for unknown flour made from 'olobus'
Remains of the models of silk machinery introduced by Sir Thomas Lombe
Remains of the models of silk machinery introduced from Italy by Sir Thomas Lombe, Derby, England, c. 1732; the remains being: a reel, three spindles with bobbins and flyers and a segment of a circular frame, all half size.
Commemorative glass flask ainted with a crown and pomegranate
Glass flask, avoid with spout near base, painted with a crown and pomegranate, Spanish, 17th or 18th century