A fly, micrograph, 1776.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

A fly, micrograph, 1776.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Hand-coloured plate from 'Mikroskoopische Vermaaklykheden', or 'Microscopic Delights of the Mind and Eye', a Dutch edition of a book written by the German microscopist Martin Frobenius Ledermuller (1719-1769) in 1760. Ledermuller was a government beekeeper and amateur microscopist who was particularly interested in adapting camera obscuras to operate as solar microscopes so that he could closely observe insects.

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