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Mathematical Instrument Collection

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Various Objects, c1785. Creator: Louis Leopold Boilly

Various Objects, c1785. Creator: Louis Leopold Boilly
Various Objects, c1785. The letters, some addressed to a Monsieur and Madame Dandre, and the sprig of pansies (pensees in French--a word that also means "thoughts")

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: 4th grade students of the Irkutsk Mining School with a teacher, 1914. Creator: Unknown

4th grade students of the Irkutsk Mining School with a teacher, 1914. Creator: Unknown
4th grade students of the Irkutsk Mining School with a teacher, 1914. From a collection of 136 photographs of Irkutsk from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Study of a Hand, early-mid 18th century. Creator: Georg Engelhard Schroder

Study of a Hand, early-mid 18th century. Creator: Georg Engelhard Schroder
Study of a Hand, early-mid 18th century

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Trompe l'oeil, late 17th-early 18th century. Creator: Johan Klopper

Trompe l'oeil, late 17th-early 18th century. Creator: Johan Klopper
Trompe l'oeil, late 17th-early 18th century

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Opium-smoking in China - from drawings by a native artist, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Opium-smoking in China - from drawings by a native artist, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Opium-smoking in China - from drawings by a native artist, 1858. Fig. 4. Having disposed of his costly garments, the victim next sells his furniture

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Triumphant Cupid among Emblems of Art and War, 17th century. Creators: Thomas Willeboirts

Triumphant Cupid among Emblems of Art and War, 17th century. Creators: Thomas Willeboirts, Paul de Vos
Triumphant Cupid among Emblems of Art and War, 17th century

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: The Architect, 1919. Creator: Richard Roland Holst

The Architect, 1919. Creator: Richard Roland Holst
The Architect, 1919

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Portraits of Giuliano and Francesco Giamberti da Sangallo, 1482-1485. Creator: Piero di Cosimo

Portraits of Giuliano and Francesco Giamberti da Sangallo, 1482-1485. Creator: Piero di Cosimo
Portraits of Giuliano and Francesco Giamberti da Sangallo, 1482-1485. This diptych shows a leading Florentine architect, Giuliano da Sangallo with his late father Francesco

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Ernest George Fischer, Chief of Instrument Division, Coastal Geodetic Survey, 1914

Ernest George Fischer, Chief of Instrument Division, Coastal Geodetic Survey, 1914. Creator: Harris & Ewing
Ernest George Fischer, Chief of Instrument Division, Coastal Geodetic Survey, 1914. (Chief of Instrument Division 1907-1921)

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Study of Hands, c. 1858. Creator: Charles Lucy

Study of Hands, c. 1858. Creator: Charles Lucy
Study of Hands, c. 1858

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Shaker Compass, c. 1938. Creator: Richard Barnett

Shaker Compass, c. 1938. Creator: Richard Barnett
Shaker Compass, c. 1938

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Men of Fort Story operate an azimuth instrument, to measure the angle... Fort Story, Va. 1942

Men of Fort Story operate an azimuth instrument, to measure the angle... Fort Story, Va. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Men of Fort Story operate an azimuth instrument, to measure the angle of splash in sea-target practice, Fort Story, Va

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: The 'ChineseQuartermaster, Japan, 1765. Creator: Komatsuya Hyakki

The "ChineseQuartermaster, Japan, 1765. Creator: Komatsuya Hyakki
The " Chinese" Quartermaster, Japan, 1765

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Commodus, 180, issued by Commodus. Creator: Unknown

Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Commodus, 180, issued by Commodus. Creator: Unknown
Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Commodus, 180, issued by Commodus. Reverse: Liberalitas holding an abacus and cornucopia. Minted in Rome

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: The Philosopher, from the Scherzi, ca. 1740. Creator: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

The Philosopher, from the Scherzi, ca. 1740. Creator: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
The Philosopher, from the Scherzi, ca. 1740

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Study for a pendentive depicting Justice and Charity, 1630-50

Study for a pendentive depicting Justice and Charity, 1630-50

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Protractor, Model 3-B, United States Army Air Force. Creator: Unknown

Protractor, Model 3-B, United States Army Air Force. Creator: Unknown
Black metal navigation tool with two protractor arms and ruler

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Drafting pen owned by William J. Powell, ca. 1920s. Creator: Unknown

Drafting pen owned by William J. Powell, ca. 1920s. Creator: Unknown
Drafting pen owned by William J. Powell, ca. 1920s. During the 1920s, African-American engineer, soldier, civil aviator and author William J

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Our Captain, Our Guide over Pathless Waters, 1890. Creator: BW Kilburn

Our Captain, Our Guide over Pathless Waters, 1890. Creator: BW Kilburn
Our Captain, Our Guide over Pathless Waters, 1890. Albumen silver print, stereocard

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Large compass from a drafting took kit used by John S. Chase, mid-late 20th century

Large compass from a drafting took kit used by John S. Chase, mid-late 20th century
Large compass from a drafting tool kit used by architect John S. Chase. Chase (1925-2012) was the first licensed African-American architect in the state of Texas

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Gravure en Taille Douce: suite de la pl. I, 1771 / 1779. Creator: Antonio Baratta

Gravure en Taille Douce: suite de la pl. I, 1771 / 1779. Creator: Antonio Baratta
Gravure en Taille Douce: suite de la pl. I, 1771/1779. [Intaglio engraving]

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Portrait of Cardinal Christopher Clavius, 1606. Creator: Francesco Villamena

Portrait of Cardinal Christopher Clavius, 1606. Creator: Francesco Villamena
Portrait of Cardinal Christopher Clavius, 1606

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Elias Allen, 1666. Creator: Wenceslaus Hollar

Elias Allen, 1666. Creator: Wenceslaus Hollar
Elias Allen, 1666

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Boy using surveying instrument, 1845. Creator: Alfred Crowquill

Boy using surveying instrument, 1845. Creator: Alfred Crowquill
Boy using surveying instrument, 1845. Illustration to Railway Mania, a story by Alfred Crowquill, a satire on the obsession with the railways

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Labor, 1591. Creator: Raphael Sadeler

Labor, 1591. Creator: Raphael Sadeler
Labor, 1591

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Frontispiece with oval portrait of Raphael, with three allegorical figures of the Arts

Frontispiece with oval portrait of Raphael, with three allegorical figures of the Arts supporting the tablet at center, 1675

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Plate 5: The Tomb of Mausolus, from The Seven Wonders of The World, 1608

Plate 5: The Tomb of Mausolus, from The Seven Wonders of The World, 1608

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Diploma for the Freemasons of Bordeaux, after Francois Boucher, 1766

Diploma for the Freemasons of Bordeaux, after Francois Boucher, 1766

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Portrait of Robert de Cotte, 1722. Creator: Pierre Drevet

Portrait of Robert de Cotte, 1722. Creator: Pierre Drevet
Portrait of Robert de Cotte, 1722

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Della Trasportatione dell Obelisco Vaticano et delle Fabriche di Nostro Signore Papa

Della Trasportatione dell Obelisco Vaticano et delle Fabriche di Nostro Signore Papa Sisto V fatte dal Cavallier Domenico Fontana Architetto di sua Santita Libro Primo, 1590

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Implements Animated, Pl. 1, Dedicated to the Carpenters and Gardeners of Great Britain

Implements Animated, Pl. 1, Dedicated to the Carpenters and Gardeners of Great Britain, 1811

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Lucas van Uffel (died 1637), ca. 1622. Creator: Anthony van Dyck

Lucas van Uffel (died 1637), ca. 1622. Creator: Anthony van Dyck
Lucas van Uffel (died 1637), ca. 1622

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Sir Christopher Wren, (mid 18th century). Creator: B Cole

Sir Christopher Wren, (mid 18th century). Creator: B Cole
Sir Christopher Wren, (mid 18th century). Portrait of Sir Christopher Wren, English architect, designer, astronomer and geometrician (1632-1723)

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: The Revd. George Costard. M. A. (1805). Creator: Unknown

The Revd. George Costard. M. A. (1805). Creator: Unknown
The Revd. George Costard. M.A. (1805). Portrait of English astronomical writer George Costard (1710-1782) describing a circle on a piece of paper with a pair of compasses

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: The Christmas Camp on the Plateau, December 1908, (1909). Artist: Ernest Shackleton

The Christmas Camp on the Plateau, December 1908, (1909). Artist: Ernest Shackleton
The Christmas Camp on the Plateau. The figures from left to right are [Jameson] Adams, [Eric] Marshall and [Frank] Wild. The frost can be seen on the mens faces, December 1908, (1909)

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Lieut. E. R. G. R. Evans Surveying With The Four-Inch Theodolite, October 1911, (1913)

Lieut. E. R. G. R. Evans Surveying With The Four-Inch Theodolite, October 1911, (1913)
Lieut. E. R. G. R. Evans Surveying With The Four-Inch Theodolite Which Was Used To Locate The South Pole, October 1911, (1913)

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Astronomy, from The Seven Liberal Arts, plate 7, 1544. Creator: Monogrammist B

Astronomy, from The Seven Liberal Arts, plate 7, 1544. Creator: Monogrammist B
Astronomy, from The Seven Liberal Arts, plate 7, 1544. [Dialectics, Geometry, Music, Astrology]

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Mensura, from Prosopographia, ca. 1585-90. ca. 1585-90. Creator: Philip Galle

Mensura, from Prosopographia, ca. 1585-90. ca. 1585-90. Creator: Philip Galle
Mensura, from Prosopographia, ca. 1585-90

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: The Geographer, 1669, (1911). Artist: Jan Vermeer

The Geographer, 1669, (1911). Artist: Jan Vermeer
The Geographer, 1669, (1911). Painting held at the Stadel Museum, Frankfurt. From Bibbys Annual 1911. [J. Bibby & Sons, Liverpool, 1911]

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Eyes of the Army, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Eyes of the Army, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Eyes of the Army, 1941. A soldier keeps the enemy in his sights. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: James Brindley, 18th century English civil engineer and canal builder, (1836). Artist: JT Wedgwood

James Brindley, 18th century English civil engineer and canal builder, (1836). Artist: JT Wedgwood
James Brindley, 18th century English civil engineer and canal builder, (1836). Brindley (1716-1772) rests a hand on a theodolite

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Sir Christopher Wren, 1711. Artist: Sir Godfrey Kneller

Sir Christopher Wren, 1711. Artist: Sir Godfrey Kneller
Sir Christopher Wren, 1711. Wren (1632-1723) is best remembered for his rebuilding of St Pauls Cathedral and numerous other churches destroyed in the Great Fire of London (1666)

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Crugers azimuth quadrant, 1673 (1956). Artist: A Steck

Crugers azimuth quadrant, 1673 (1956). Artist: A Steck
Crugers azimuth quadrant, 1673 (1956). Peter Cruger (1580-1639) was a German mathematician, astronomer and polymath. He taught the Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Five inch theodolite, 1866

Five inch theodolite, 1866. A print from Cyclopaedia of Useful Arts, Mechanical and Chemical, Manufactures, Mining, and Engineering, edited by Charles Tomlinson, Volume II, Virtue and Co, London, 1866

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Elevation of Troughtons dividing engine, 18th century, (1886)

Elevation of Troughtons dividing engine, 18th century, (1886). Until the 1770s, scales on scientific instruments had been marked out by skilled craftsmen in a process called dividing

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: A German man of letters, 16th century (1849). Artist: Jost Amman

A German man of letters, 16th century (1849). Artist: Jost Amman
A German man of letters, 16th century (1849). A 19th century version based on an original 16th century wood engraving. From Le Moyen Age et la Renaissance, by Paul Lacroix

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: Building master Hieronymus of Augsburg, 1506, (1936). Artist: Albrecht Durer

Building master Hieronymus of Augsburg, 1506, (1936). Artist: Albrecht Durer
Building master Hieronymus of Augsburg, 1506, (1936). Found in the collection of the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany

Background imageMathematical Instrument Collection: The Astronomer, 19th century. Artist: R Bell

The Astronomer, 19th century. Artist: R Bell
The Astronomer, 19th century



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