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1700s Collection

Step back in time to the 1700s, a pivotal era that shaped the course of history

Background image1700s Collection: Thirteen original colonies in 1776

Thirteen original colonies in 1776
American colonies at the outbreak of the Revolution. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1700s Collection: William and Mary College, 1700s

William and Mary College, 1700s
Early view of William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1700s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background image1700s Collection: The Orrery by Joseph Wright

The Orrery by Joseph Wright (1734-1797). This artwork was painted in 1766. Its full title is A Philospher giving a Lecture on the Orrery in which a Lamp is put in place of the Sun

Background image1700s Collection: The Airpump by Joseph Wright

The Airpump by Joseph Wright
The Air Pump by Joseph Wright (1734-1797). This artwork was painted in 1768. Its full title is An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump

Background image1700s Collection: CONSTITUTION. Page one of the Constitution of the United States of America, 1787

CONSTITUTION. Page one of the Constitution of the United States of America, 1787

Background image1700s Collection: PMUS2C-00002

PMUS2C-00002
Ludwig van Beethoven with one of his manuscripts. Antique photograph of a painting

Background image1700s Collection: Map of the City of Dublin, 1797

Map of the City of Dublin, 1797
Map of the City of Dublin, Ireland. Published in 1797, this map includes details of the canals being built at the time. Canal Harbour (lower right)

Background image1700s Collection: Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant
Portrait of Immanuel Kant. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1700s Collection: David Hume, caricature

David Hume, caricature
David Hume. Caricature of the British philosopher and historian David Hume (1711-1776). Hume influenced the development of scepticism and empiricism

Background image1700s Collection: American Indian tribe locations in 1715

American Indian tribe locations in 1715
Map of Native American tribe locations circa 1715, continental U.S. Printed color lithograph

Background image1700s Collection: Pinel releasing mental patients from shackles in France, 1796

Pinel releasing mental patients from shackles in France, 1796
Philippe Pinel releasing mental patients at La Salpetriere from their bonds, 1796. Hand-colored 19th-century halftone reproduction of a painting

Background image1700s Collection: Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779

Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779
Death of English explorer Captain James Cook in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1779. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a painting

Background image1700s Collection: Count of St Germain, French alchemist

Count of St Germain, French alchemist
Count of St Germain (c.1712-1784), French alchemist. St Germain was a French courtier and adventurer who rose to prominence in Europe in the mid-18th century

Background image1700s Collection: St. Bartholomews Hospital, 18th Century

St. Bartholomews Hospital, 18th Century
St. Bartholomews Hospital. 18th century engraving of the buildings of St. Bartholomews Hospital at Smithfield in the City of London. Also known as Bart s, the hospital was founded in 1123

Background image1700s Collection: Johann Sebastian Bach, with scenes from his life

Johann Sebastian Bach, with scenes from his life
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach, with Thomas Church (upper left), Leipsig Observatory, and Bach Memorial. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1700s Collection: Plan of Washington DC, 1793

Plan of Washington DC, 1793
Washington DC as originally laid out, 1700s. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 1793 engraving

Background image1700s Collection: American Indian tribe locations about 1700

American Indian tribe locations about 1700
Map of Native American locations, circa 1700. Printed lithograph

Background image1700s Collection: EXPL2A-00164

EXPL2A-00164
Map of the United States at the close of the American Revolution, 1783. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1700s Collection: Colonial Savannah, Georgia, 1700s

Colonial Savannah, Georgia, 1700s
Savannah, Georgia, as established by James Oglethorpe, 1741. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier sketch

Background image1700s Collection: Engraving of a nautilus and an ammonite

Engraving of a nautilus and an ammonite. The nautilus is one of the species of marine cephalopods of the family Nautilidae

Background image1700s Collection: Immanuel Kant, caricature

Immanuel Kant, caricature
Immanuel Kant. Caricature of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). Kant published various influential philosophical works on the natural sciences, particularly geophysics and astronomy

Background image1700s Collection: Colonial Pennsylvania map, 1750s

Colonial Pennsylvania map, 1750s
Map of the " Province of Pennsilvania, " 1756. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an 18th-century illustration

Background image1700s Collection: Pine Tree flag of the American Revolution

Pine Tree flag of the American Revolution
American soldier carrying the Pine Tree flag, Revolutionary War. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a painting by George Maynard

Background image1700s Collection: Bunker Hill battle, 1775

Bunker Hill battle, 1775
Battle of Bunker Hill at the outset of the American Revolution, 1775. Hand-colored engraving of a painting by Trumbull

Background image1700s Collection: Humphry Davy, caricature

Humphry Davy, caricature
Humphry Davy. Caricature of the British chemist and physicist Humphry Davy (1778-1829), holding a Davy lamp. The Davy lamp was a safety lamp designed for use in coal mines

Background image1700s Collection: COOK: HMS RESOLUTION. Commanded by Captain James Cook on his second and third voyages of discovery

COOK: HMS RESOLUTION. Commanded by Captain James Cook on his second and third voyages of discovery. Watercolor by Midshipman Henry Roberts, a member of the ships company

Background image1700s Collection: Naval battle between the British and French, 1790s

Naval battle between the British and French, 1790s
British ship " Brunswick" in battle with French navy off the coast of Brittany, late 1700s. Printed color halftone reproduction of an illustration

Background image1700s Collection: Document commissioning John Paul Jones as a US Navy captain

Document commissioning John Paul Jones as a US Navy captain
John Paul Joness commission as captain in the US Navy, from the Congress, 1776. Woodcut reproduction with a watercolor wash

Background image1700s Collection: French soldiers uniforms, 1790s

French soldiers uniforms, 1790s
French hussar, cavalry, and infantry uniforms, 1795-1796. Antique hand-colored print

Background image1700s Collection: Churning milk to make butter

Churning milk to make butter
Girl working a churn on a spring morning. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1700s Collection: Tennis Court Oath, French Revolution, 1789

Tennis Court Oath, French Revolution, 1789
Third Estate pledging solidarity to write a constitution, known as the Tennis Court Oath, French Revolution. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a painting by Couder

Background image1700s Collection: Battle of Long Island, New York, Revolutionary War

Battle of Long Island, New York, Revolutionary War
Retreat of American army from Long Island after defeat by the British, 1776. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1700s Collection: Joseph Warren on Bunker Hill

Joseph Warren on Bunker Hill
Joseph Warren, American patriot leader at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Hand-colored engraving reproduction of 19th-century illustration

Background image1700s Collection: American General Henry Knox

American General Henry Knox
Revolutionary War General Henry Knox with some of his field artillery. Hand-colored engraving of a portrait

Background image1700s Collection: George Berkeley, Irish philosopher

George Berkeley, Irish philosopher
George Berkeley (1685-1753), Irish philosopher and Bishop of Cloyne (appointed 1734). Berkeley is famous for his philosophical theory concerning the perception of sensations and ideas

Background image1700s Collection: David Hume, Scottish philosopher

David Hume, Scottish philosopher
David Hume (1711-1776). Historical artwork of the Scottish enlightenment philosopher, historian and economist David Hume. Hume opposed the rationalists such as Descartes in believing that human

Background image1700s Collection: LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827). German composer. Oil, 1819-1820, by Joseph Carl Stieler

LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827). German composer. Oil, 1819-1820, by Joseph Carl Stieler

Background image1700s Collection: Tomochichi and his son

Tomochichi and his son
Yamacraw chief Tomo-chichi Mico and his son. Hand-colored woodcut of an illustration

Background image1700s Collection: Eleazer Wheelock founding Dartmouth College, 1770

Eleazer Wheelock founding Dartmouth College, 1770
Eleazer Wheelock founding Dartmouth College in the forests of New Hampshire, 1770. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1700s Collection: HSET2A-00122

HSET2A-00122
Pioneer clearing land around his log cabin. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1700s Collection: Barber shaving a customer with a razor

Barber shaving a customer with a razor
Barber of 1789 shaving a customer, shown in a Pears Soap ad, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1700s Collection: Carolina colonist refusing to pay taxes, 1700s

Carolina colonist refusing to pay taxes, 1700s
Tax-collector beaten off by an angry Carolina colonist. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Darley illustration

Background image1700s Collection: Robert Burns character Tam O Shanter

Robert Burns character Tam O Shanter
Tam O Shanter chased by a witch, from a poem by Robert Burns. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a John Faed illustration

Background image1700s Collection: Mozart and his sister playing for Empress Maria Theresa

Mozart and his sister playing for Empress Maria Theresa
Young Mozart and his sister play a duet for Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1700s Collection: EVRV2A-00048

EVRV2A-00048
Battle of Kings Mountain, South Carolina, 1780, American Revolution. Hand-colored halftone illustration of a 19th-century illustration by F.C. Yohn

Background image1700s Collection: John Stark in the Revolutionary War

John Stark in the Revolutionary War
American General John Stark overlooking a battlefield. Hand-colored engraving of a painting by Chappel

Background image1700s Collection: Samuel Hahnemann, German physician

Samuel Hahnemann, German physician
Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), German physician and founder of homeopathy. His theory was that an illness may be cured by administering minute doses of a drug which causes the same symptoms

Background image1700s Collection: Mathematical series, 18th century

Mathematical series, 18th century



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Step back in time to the 1700s, a pivotal era that shaped the course of history. In 1776, the Thirteen original colonies united and declared their independence, laying the foundation for what would become the United States of America. The Orrery by Joseph Wright captures this period's fascination with science and discovery, showcasing an intricate model of our solar system. Education thrived during this time as well, with institutions like William and Mary College flourishing in the early 1700s. It was a century marked by intellectual progress, exemplified by page one of the Constitution of the United States of America from 1787 – a document that still guides us today. Artists like Joseph Wright continued to captivate audiences with their masterpieces; his painting "The Airpump" depicts scientific experimentation at its finest. Meanwhile, maps such as "Map of the City of Dublin" from 1797 provide glimpses into bustling cities during this period. Immanuel Kant emerged as a prominent philosopher whose ideas influenced generations to come. St Bartholomews Hospital stood tall as a testament to advancements in healthcare throughout the 18th century. Notable figures also left their mark on history: David Hume's caricature showcases his wit and intellect while American Indian tribe locations in 1715 remind us of indigenous cultures' rich heritage. And who could forget about Count St Germain? This enigmatic French alchemist fascinated many with his mysterious abilities. As we delve into these fragments from centuries past, let us remember that they are not merely relics but windows into an era defined by innovation, exploration, and profound societal changes.