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Pewter-making, 1751-1765.

Pewter-making, 1751-1765.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm


Engraving showing craftsmen producing pewter items in their workshop. A man (centre) hand-cranks a drive-belt to power a lathe or drill. Below are examples of their work and the machinery used. From volume 8 of 'Encyclopedie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonne des Sciences, des Arts et des Metiers', edited by Denis Diderot (1713-1784) and Jean d'Alembert (1717-1783) and published in 14 volumes between 1751 and 1765. The 'Grand Encyclopedie' (Encyclopaedia or Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Profesions) was more than a summary of all contemporary knowledge, it served as a manifesto for a new way of looking at the world by describing many of the proceses which transformed the world during the Industrial Revolution.

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