John Bate, English author, c 1635.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

John Bate, English author, c 1635.

Gifford, G

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Engraving by G Gifford of John Bate, taken from Bate's 'The mysteries of nature and art' (London, 1635). This heavily illustrated book contains the earliest British representation of a kite (and one of the earliest in Europe), and was one of the first British publications to have a complete section on fireworks. It details and illustrates such diverse subjects as water works and drawing and painting, and features an early illustration and description of a zoetrope. This portrait of Bate features opposite the frontispiece.



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