'Rivers and Lakes', c 1846.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

'Rivers and Lakes', c 1846.

Emslie, John

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Geographical diagram showing many of the world's lakes and waterways. The rivers, which include the Danube, Rhine, Nile, and Amazon, are placed side by side so as to demonstrate their comparative lengths and are surrounded by lakes including the Dead Sea, the Caspian Sea, and Geneva and Michigan lakes. From a selection of 44 scientific teaching diagrams, drawn and engraved by John Emslie on geology, geography, astronomy and natural philosophy. This hand-coloured engraved plate is taken from a series published and probably written by James Reynolds of 174 Strand in London in 1850-1860 in response to the popular demand for information on the developments taking place in science and engineering as a result of the Industrial Revolution. Superbly illustrated images with a related text were presented loose in a portfolio so that they could be pased around a clas or lecture room or used as posters.



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