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Object ID ZBA4485
Description Londinensis. In the centre of the image is an eye within a star and surrounding this are seven figures representing the colours of the spectrum. In the four corners, putti are demonstrating optical principles and instruments: a telescope, a prism, refraction in water and a camera obscura. The "Encyclopedia Londinensis, or Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature" was published in 24 volumes between 1810 and 1829, compiled by John Wilkes but published after his death. It aimed to make use of eminent authors and included many attractive engravings, most by J. Pass and J. Chapman. This is a line and stipple engraving with etched details.
Date made 1820

Artist/Maker Chapman, John
Place made London, England
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials etching; line engraving; stipple engraving; paper
Measurements Sheet: 269 x 204 mm
  • Optics (ZBA4485)
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