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Title

Pritchard-Type Microscope

Description

Pictured is an achromatic microscope manufactured by Andrew Pritchard, an optician and instrument maker of the mid-1800s.

Joseph Jackson Lister, Lord Lister’s father, was a wine merchant with an interest in the study of optics. His creation of a more accurate achromatic lens allowed for higher resolution viewing, and earned himself a fellowship in the Royal Society. Achromatic lenses focus light of different wavelengths in the same plane, hence producing a sharper microscopic image. This development in microscopic technology was truly revolutionary.

Creator

Pritchard, Andrew, 1804-1882

Date

c. 1830s

Identifier

2003/26

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Height: 52.3 cm

Materials

Brass; glass

Pritchard-Type Microscope

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

Height: 52.3 cm

Materials

Brass; glass

Files

2003.26_pritchard microscope 2.jpg
2003.26_pritchard microscope 8.jpg
2003.26_pritchard microscope 12.jpg

Collection

Citation

Pritchard, Andrew, 1804-1882, “Pritchard-Type Microscope,” Heritage, accessed December 18, 2018, https://heritage.rcpsg.ac.uk/items/show/16.