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any otherwise than by points


Figures 4 and 5 (of sheet showing seven figures),
illustrating “Observations on the Muscular Fibres of Fish.” By Mr. Leeuwenhoeck, F.R.S. Delft, April 11. 1721 .
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 368 (May-August 1721) : 190-199
University of Michigan copy (JSTOR), digitized April 12, 2007

“I now turn’d my thoughts to the River-Fish, and particularly to the Pearch...¶ ...and I have caused a small portion of these Muscular Fibres of the Fish, cut thro’ transversly, after they were grown dry, and in their shrinking had been torn off from the small Vessels, that encompast them, to be represented, as at L, M, N, O, Fig. 4. The openings of the small Vessels in these Fibres were distinctly to be seen, but appeared in such great numbers, and were so exceedingly small, that it was impossible for the Painter to represent them any otherwise than by points. ¶ After which, I desir’d the Painter to draw them, as they then appear’d to him, but to omit representing the small Vessels, and only to design the Circumference of every Fibre, which he did, as appears at Q, R, S, T, Fig. 5.”
pp 194-196

5 December 2013

drawing; impossible for the Painter
A. Leeuwenhoek, “Observations on the Muscular Fibres of Fish” (1721)