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Electric light in rarefied gases

Electric light in rarefied gases


The French journalist and mathematician Amédée Guillemin (1826-1893) combined the science of optics and the fine art of science illustration in his Les phénomènes de la physique (1868), a work that continues to influence scientific illustrations of light and color spectra.  He eventually expanded that work into a five-volume physics encyclopedia, his magnum opus.  In order to reach audiences beyond the scientific community, Guillemin commissioned artists to make 31 colored lithographs, 80 black-and-white plates, and 2,012 illustrated diagrams of the physical phenomena he described. Some of the most striking (featured in our collection) were done by the Parisian intaglio printer and engraver René-Henri Digeon, based on sketches by the physicist Jean Thiébault Silbermann.



  • Series title: Optics Illustrations from the Physics Textbooks of Amédée Guillemin
  • Series size: 8 artworks
  • Edition: Limited edition of 1000
  • Proof of Ownership: Certification on the Ethereum blockchain under the ERC1155 protocol. Each artwork is delivered privately and directly to collectors as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that guarrante proof of ownership.
  • Format: Pieces consist of PNG files sized 2160x3840 pixels - 150 dpi.
  • Medium: Illustration, mezzotint, lithograph, photomechanical printing
  • Artwork materials:  Illustration paper, watercolour
  • Contract Address: 0x495f947276749ce646f68ac8c248420045cb7b5e
  • ID: 2749212597480566...



René-Henri Digeon was a gifted printer and e