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Boyle, Robert (1627 - 1691)
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Image captionThe Honble. Robert Boyle
Creator (Engraver) la Cave, Fran├žois Morellon de
Publisher Hinton, John
Image Type Print (Engraving)
Image Date [between 1747 and 1781]
Size 18.5 x 11 cm.
Call number Smith P/B699.8 M
Notes 2 copies; copy 2 cropped at top and bottom. Similar to P/B699.4 L. Air-pump, tongs, crucible, and other apparatus at lower left of image; compass, books at lower right. A cat visible in the glass receiver of the air-pump may be an allusion to Addison's comment in The Spectator, no. 21 (1711), "For want of other Patients [they] amuse themselves with the stifling of Cats in an Air-Pump."
Apparatus in the image (See Glossary)
Apparatus Name Function Material
Air-pump   Glassware; Metal 
Compass   Metal 
Crucible   Earthenware 
Tongs   Metal