Great Fire of New York, 1776. This fire occurred during the occupation of the city of New York by the British during the American War of Independence (American Revolutionary War). The French caption gives the date as 19 September 1776, but other sources give 21 September. Soldiers are shown beating people, with houses being looted by slaves. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed. Places named in the caption include the first New York Stock Exchange, King's College (later Columbia University), Trinity Church (destroyed in the fire), and a poor school. The title (top) is reversed as this artwork was designed to be viewed in a peep show viewer.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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