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Shipyard, 1769.


Shipyard, 1769.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Engraving by Benard after Gousier from drawings by Belin, naval engineer, showing shipbuilders sawing planks and chopping wood, while overseers watch from a tower. From 'Marine', a work on ships and shipbuilding, by Denis Diderot (1713-1784), published in Paris in 1765, an excerpt from 'Encyclopedie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonne des Sciences, des Arts et des Metiers', edited by Diderot and Jean d'Alembert (1717-1783). The 'Grand Encyclopedie' (Encyclopedia or Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Profesions) was a manifesto for a new way of looking at the world. It described many of the proceses which transformed the world during the Industrial Revolution.

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