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  • Joseph Priestley: the man who drew time

Boyd Davis, Stephen, 2011, Journal Article, Joseph Priestley: the man who drew time Postings From Priestley House, the Newsletter of The Friends of Joseph Priestley House (49). ISSN 570-473-9474

Abstract or Description:

The Joseph Priestley House Museum at Northumberland, Pennsylvania became interested in Priestley's pioneering timelines as a complement to his better known work in chemistry, electricity, biblical scholarship and political radicalism. Boyd Davis wrote this short article for the newsletter published by the Friends of the museum.

The article concentrates on the connections between Priestley, his French contemporary Barbeu-Dubourg and Benjamin Franklin at the time of the struggle for American Independence, and Priestley's two key chronographic innovations: the use of drawn or printed lines to represent the duration of lives, and the associated use of dots to show when the dates of such lives are in doubt or dispute.

Keywords: timeline, chronographics

Official URL: http://www.josephpriestleyhouse.org/support/newsle...
Subjects: Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V100 History by period > V140 Modern History > V143 Modern History 1700-1799
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V370 History of Design
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W210 Graphic Design > W213 Visual Communication
School or Centre: School of Design
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2012 15:27
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2016 16:15
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1208

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