Reference numberMOB/057
TitleCompound microscope by Powell & Lealand
ArtistPowell, Hugh & Peter Lealand
DescriptionCompound microscope on a tripod base, pivoting mounts, a cylindrical limb supporting the optical components, including lenses and stage clips, and an ocular tube screwed onto an arm. Back legs of the base inscribed 'Royal' and 'Society'. Manufactured by Hugh Powell and Peter Lealand.
Extent1 instrument
FormatScientific Instrument
MaterialsBrass, glass
Access statusOpen
ProvenanceIn 1842 the Royal Society's Microscope Committee offered a prize of £100 for the best compound achromatic microscope to be delivered to their rooms in Somerset House by May 1843. The prize was awarded in June 1843 to 'Mr Powell', and this is thought to be the prize-winning instrument.
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
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