A man being weighed on a set of scales, and a man with his head in a glass container; showing Lavoisier's experiments with respiration. Drawing attributed to M.A.P. Lavoisier, ca. 1790.

  • Lavoisier, Marie-Anne-Pierrette, 1758-1836.
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This work shows some of the same apparatus as shown in the companion drawing, Wellcome Library catalogue no. 37197i. Following Beretta, loc. cit., the seated man is Armand Séguin, who had assisted Lavoisier in his experiments since 1785. The unbewigged man operating the scales may be the Scotsman Hugh Gillan.The purpose of the experiments was to distinguish the effects of respiration, transpiration, pulmonary transpiration and cutaneous transpiration



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1 drawing : pen and brown ink and wash ; sheet 24 x 32.3 cm

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Marco Beretta, 'Imaging the experiments on respiration and transpiration of Lavoisier and Séguin: two unknown drawings by Madame Lavoisier', Nuncius, 2012, 27: 163-191 (reproduced p. 187, fig. 8)


Wellcome Collection 37207i


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