Tag Archives: 18th Century

1732: The Morals of Chess

Although Benjamin Franklin likely composed his essay “The Morals of Chess” as early as 1732, it was first published in 1786, during the height of interest surrounding Wolfgang von Kempelen’s mechanical chess-playing Turk; Franklin himself had lost to the machine … Continue reading

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1735: Snake

Illustration from Albertus Seba’s Thesaurus, Vol. 2 (1735); the full title of the work is in Latin and Dutch: Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio – Naaukeurige beschryving van het schatryke kabinet der voornaamste seldzaamheden der natuur [Accurate Description of … Continue reading

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1784: Cenotaph

Etienne-Louis Boullée: Cénotaphe de Newton (1784); for his proposal for a cenotaph for Isaac Newton, Boullée envisioned a 500-foot tall sphere encircled by plateaus containing hundreds of cypress trees. (source)

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1725: Music Library

Giuseppe Maria Crespi: Libreria musicale (c. 1725)

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1795: The Staircase Group

Charles Willson Peale: Staircase Group (Portrait of Raphaelle Peale and Titian Ramsay Peale I) (1795)

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1784: Aranjuez

Antonio Carnicero: Ascent of a Montgolfier Balloon in Aranjuez (1784)

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1785: Museum

Sarah Stone: Perspective interior view of Sir Ashton Lever’s Museum in Leicester Square, London March 30 1785

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