The Invention of Gunpowder
New Inventions of Modern Times (Nova Reperta)
plate 3, ca. 1600, Artist: Jan Collaert I Netherlandish)
Illustration of a gunpowder factory. In the foreground on the left a man chisels the top to a canon. In the center two men work on the back of a canon. On the right a seated man works on another series of canons while looking toward the viewer. In the background a man pushes a canon around in a kiln, while another also works with fire on the upper level of the factory. In the background on the right, several canons go off to test the gunpowder; behind the fortified wall, a tower crumbles into an inferno due to the blast.
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RMcC: Beware clutter. This grouping should be developed or discarded.