Artist painting at an easel, 1635.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Title page to the third book in John Bate's heavily illustrated work 'The mysteries of nature and art', published in London in 1635. The work 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 (shown here), and features an early illustration and description of a zoetrope.