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1600s Collection

Step back in time to the captivating 1600s, a period filled with remarkable events and significant milestones

Background image1600s Collection: Pilgrims ship Mayflower at sea, 1620

Pilgrims ship Mayflower at sea, 1620
The " Mayflower" bringing the first colonists to Massachusetts, 1620. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Plague doctor, 17th century artwork

Plague doctor, 17th century artwork
Plague doctor. 17th century artwork titled Doktor Schnabel von Rom (Beak Doctor from Rome). The text is in Latin. The costumes bronze mask contained aromatic herbs and reduced exposure to bad air

Background image1600s Collection: Oliver Cromwell at Edgehill, English Civil War

Oliver Cromwell at Edgehill, English Civil War
Cromwell in prayer before the Battle of Edgehill, English Civil War, 1642. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth, 1620

Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth, 1620
Pilgrim landing party from the " Mayflower" in Plymouth harbor, 1620. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Court record of testimony at the Salem witch trials, 1692

Court record of testimony at the Salem witch trials, 1692
Record of Titubas testimony at the Salem witchcraft trials, 1690s. Halftone reproduction with a watercolor wash

Background image1600s Collection: Hannah Duston escapes from capture by Native Americans

Hannah Duston escapes from capture by Native Americans
Hannah Duston and two other captives escaping from Abenaki Indians on the Merrimac River, New Hampshire, 1697. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: 17th century world map

17th century world map
World map, published around 1664 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, by Dutch mapmaker Joan Blaeu (c.1599- 1673). The Latin title is Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula

Background image1600s Collection: Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth Rock, 1620

Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth Rock, 1620
John Alden and Mary Chilton landing at Plymouth from the Mayflower, December 1620. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Alchemical tree, Philosophia reformata

Alchemical tree, Philosophia reformata
The Alchemical Tree. Engraving depicting a tree surrounded by figures used in allegory by alchemists. The tree itself carries symbols representing the Moon, Sun and five planets

Background image1600s Collection: Map of Europe, 1600

Map of Europe, 1600
16th century map of Europe. Published in Sienna in 1600, this Italian map shows the latest knowledge of the geography of Europe

Background image1600s Collection: Landscape painting by Claude Lorrain

Landscape painting by Claude Lorrain (1600-1682), with a shepherd and his sheep in the foreground, and cattle on a road in the middle ground. Date: 17th century

Background image1600s Collection: First settlers of Hartford, Connecticut, 1636

First settlers of Hartford, Connecticut, 1636
Thomas Hookers congregation migrates from Massachusetts to settle Hartford, Connecticut, 1636. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Mary the Jewess, first true alchemist

Mary the Jewess, first true alchemist
Engraving showing Mary the Jewess (also known as Maria Prophetessa), considered to be the first non-fictional alchemist recorded

Background image1600s Collection: John Milton, English poet

John Milton, English poet
John Milton (1608-1674), English poet. Milton was born in London and was educated at St. Pauls School and at Christs College, Cambridge

Background image1600s Collection: Spanish galleon at sea

Spanish galleon at sea
Spanish galleon, an improved caravel three times longer than wide, used in the 1500s and 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: PSCI2A-00011

PSCI2A-00011
Isaac Newton using a prism to analyze the colors in a ray of light. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Hegel

Hegel
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Digitally colored halftone reproduction of a painting by Selbers

Background image1600s Collection: Actors on stage in the days of Shakespeare

Actors on stage in the days of Shakespeare
Theatrical performance in the days of Shakespeare. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Puritans attempting to leaving England, early 1600s

Puritans attempting to leaving England, early 1600s
Departure of the Puritans halted by English authorities, early 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Cervantess Don Quixote in his library

Cervantess Don Quixote in his library, 1863 French edition. Don Quixote reading books on chivalry in his library before setting out on his quest

Background image1600s 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 image1600s Collection: Colonial family banished from Puritan Massachusetts, 1600s

Colonial family banished from Puritan Massachusetts, 1600s
Punishing heretics by exiling them from Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: East Jersey and West Jersey

East Jersey and West Jersey
Map of colonial East and West Jersey, late 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Biomechanics, historical artwork

Biomechanics, historical artwork
Biomechanics. Historical artwork of two humans bearing loads. This illustration is taken from De Motu Animalium (On Animal Motion, 1680) by Alfonso Borelli (1608-1679)

Background image1600s Collection: Newtons telescope, historical artwork

Newtons telescope, historical artwork
Newtons telescope. Historical reproduction of a sketch by Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) of a reflecting telescope and its components

Background image1600s Collection: Hermes Trismegistus, classical god

Hermes Trismegistus, classical god
Engraving depicting Hermes Trismegistus, a syncretism (joining) of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth. The writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus were hugely influential on mediaeval

Background image1600s Collection: Baruch Spinoza, caricature

Baruch Spinoza, caricature
Baruch Spinoza. Caricature of the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677). Spinoza is considered to be one of Western philosophys most important philosophers

Background image1600s Collection: Bees and beehive, 17th century artwork

Bees and beehive, 17th century artwork. Bees are social insects that form colonies around a queen bee. They gather nectar and pollen to feed their larvae, also producing honey

Background image1600s Collection: Witchcraft book by Cotton Mather, 1689

Witchcraft book by Cotton Mather, 1689
Cotton Mather, " Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcrafts, " title page, 1689. Halftone reproduction with a watercolor wash

Background image1600s Collection: Louis XIV and Moliere having breakfast

Louis XIV and Moliere having breakfast
Moliere at breakfast with Louis XIV at Versailles Palace. Hand-colored photogravure reproduction of a painting

Background image1600s Collection: La Fontaine, Moliere, Racine, and other French writers, 1600s

La Fontaine, Moliere, Racine, and other French writers, 1600s
Conversation among French authors La Fontaine, Boileau, Moliere, and Racine. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon
Portrait of English scholar Francis Bacon. Hand-colored engraving of a painting by Honbraken, 1738

Background image1600s Collection: Russian boyars, 17th century

Russian boyars, 17th century
Russian boyars, or nobles, during the time of Peter the Great, 1600s-1700s. Antique hand-colored print

Background image1600s Collection: Massachusetts Bay Colony seal

Massachusetts Bay Colony seal
Insignia of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction

Background image1600s Collection: Testimony at the Salem witchcraft trials, 1690s

Testimony at the Salem witchcraft trials, 1690s
Trial of a suspected witch at Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1692. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Plymouth colonists in church, 1620s

Plymouth colonists in church, 1620s
Pilgrims holding worship service at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Bacons Rebellion in Jamestown, 1676

Bacons Rebellion in Jamestown, 1676
Nathaniel Bacon confronting Governor Berkeley, Virginia, 1676. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Map of Europe, 1700

Map of Europe, 1700
17th century map of Europe. Published in 1700, this map by the Dutch cartographer Frederick de Witt (1630-1706) shows the latest knowledge of the geography of Europe

Background image1600s Collection: House of the Seven Gables

House of the Seven Gables, 1668, made famous in Nathaniel Hawthornes novel of the same name, Salem, Massachusetts, USA

Background image1600s Collection: Descartes optics theory, 17th century

Descartes optics theory, 17th century
Descartes optics theory, artwork. This is the eye diagram from Descartes book Optics (1637). Three external points are shown depicted on the retina at the back of the eye

Background image1600s Collection: Rene Descartes, French mathematician

Rene Descartes, French mathematician
Rene Descartes (1596-1650), French mathematician and philosopher, also known as Renatus Cartesius. Descartes most important scientific works were in mathematics

Background image1600s Collection: Galileos Jovian moon observations, 1610

Galileos Jovian moon observations, 1610
Galileos Jovian moon observations. These first six observations of the four largest moons of Jupiter are from the work Sidereus Nuncius (1610) by the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Background image1600s Collection: Hugo Grotius, Dutch jurist

Hugo Grotius, Dutch jurist
Hugo Grotius (1583-1645), Dutch jurist and founder of international law. Grotius was born at Delft and at just 11 years of age went to university at Leiden. He became an advocate in 1599

Background image1600s Collection: PUSA2A-00033

PUSA2A-00033
John Winthrop, with his signature. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Colonists arrival at Jamestown, Virginia, 1607

Colonists arrival at Jamestown, Virginia, 1607
First settlers building Jamestown, Virginia Colony, 1607. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe, author of " Robinson Crusoe." Digitally colored engraving of a portrait

Background image1600s Collection: Colonial classroom in New England, 1600s

Colonial classroom in New England, 1600s
Early schoolroom in colonial New England. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1600s Collection: Chief Massasoit pledges friendship with Plymouth Pilgrims

Chief Massasoit pledges friendship with Plymouth Pilgrims
Peace treaty between Chief Massasoit and Plymouth colonists, 1621. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration



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Step back in time to the captivating 1600s, a period filled with remarkable events and significant milestones. Witness the brave Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower as they embark on their treacherous journey across the vast sea in 1620. Their determination and resilience would forever shape American history. In this era of uncertainty, plague doctors emerged as beacons of hope amidst chaos. Marvel at a stunning artwork from the 17th century, depicting these enigmatic figures who tirelessly fought against disease and death. The English Civil War raged on, capturing hearts and minds alike. Gaze upon Oliver Cromwell at Edgehill, a powerful image that encapsulates the intensity of this pivotal conflict. As we delve deeper into history, witness another defining moment - the Mayflower passengers finally landing at Plymouth in 1620. The culmination of their arduous voyage marked not only their arrival but also laid down foundations for future generations. Hannah Duston's daring escape from Native American capture showcases both her bravery and resilience during a tumultuous time when cultures clashed. Travel further into New England's dark past through court records documenting testimonies from Salem witch trials in 1692. Uncover tales of hysteria and fear that gripped an entire community. Explore beyond borders with a mesmerizing world map from the 17th century - marvel at how perceptions of our planet have evolved over time. Delve into alchemy's mystique with an enchanting depiction of an alchemical tree known as Philosophia reformata - symbolizing humanity's quest for knowledge and transformation during this age of enlightenment. Return once more to Plymouth Rock where Mayflower passengers made landfall; it stands today as a testament to their indomitable spirit and unwavering faith in building new lives far away from home shores. Immerse yourself in Claude Lorrain's breathtaking landscape painting which transports you to serene vistas that captivated artists throughout this transformative era.