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Table 1B. 
PERIOD 1: Unknown Draughtsmen
Drawings and Hands in Period 1 (1673–1689)
NumberLetter no. in AdBDate of letter to RSArchive referenceNo. of figuresDrawing TechniqueDraughtsmanComments
Probably Leeuwenhoek’s drawings 
65 12 November 1680 EL/L1/62 (Figs. 1, 2, 5, 7, 8) pen and ink, red chalk Leeuwenhoek? Drawings 3, 4, 5 in this letter are made by a draughtsman, but Leeuwenhoek doesn’t specify that these 5 drawings were made by someone else, while figures 5 and 8 are very similar to earlier drawings by Leeuwenhoek himself. 
89 22 January 1686 LBO/11i/017 Red chalk, strongly applied Leeuwenhoek? These drawings of salts are similar to earlier drawing by Leeuwenhoek. 
    Total drawings probably by Antoni van Leewenhoek 8       
  
Unknown Draughtsmen 
13 4 December 1674 EL/L1/9 Hand-printed, graphite This image was copied from a red chalk drawing now in the British Library (Add MS 22953, f. 125). The hand of the BL drawing looks similar to that of draughtsman 1. 
17 26 March 1675 EL/L1/13 (Figs. 5, 6) Hand-printed, black ink These images are nature prints from oak leaves. 
17 26 March 1675 EL/L1/13 (Figs. 1–4) Graphite, skillfully applied, with much use of shading and depth Unknown draughtsman 1   
21 22 February 1676 EL/L1/17 Graphite, black chalk, skillfully applied, with much use of shading and depth Unknown draughtsman 1   
43 25 April 1679 EL/L1/40 Multi-coloured chalk Unknown draughtsman 2   
54 12 January 1680 EL/L1/49 (Figs. 1–4) Hand-printed, black chalk Leeuwenhoek mentioned that someone other then himself made these black chalk copies from his own red-chalk originals. 
57 5 April 1680 EL/L1/52 (Fig. 2) Ink and grey wash, use of shading Unknown draughtsman 3   
65 12 November 1680 EL/L1/62 (Figs. 3, 4, 6) Ink and body colour Unknown draughtsman 4 Very different drawing style than all other drawings. 
93 10 June 1686 EL/L2/4 (Figs. 2–6) Ink and grey wash, use of shading Unknown draughtsman 3 There are 2 figures 5, counting up to 6 by this draughtsman in total. 
10 93 10 June 1686 EL/L2/4 24 Graphite and red chalk, skillfully applied, with much use of shading and depth Unknown draughtsman 1   
11 94 10 July 1686 EL/L2/6 Red and black chalk, strongly applied Unknown draughtsman 1   
12 114 1 April 1689 EL/L2/25 Red chalk, strongly applied Unknown draughtsman 1   
    Total drawings by unknown draughtsmen 58       
  
  TOTAL DRAWINGS PERIOD 1 140       
Drawings and Hands in Period 1 (1673–1689)
NumberLetter no. in AdBDate of letter to RSArchive referenceNo. of figuresDrawing TechniqueDraughtsmanComments
Probably Leeuwenhoek’s drawings 
65 12 November 1680 EL/L1/62 (Figs. 1, 2, 5, 7, 8) pen and ink, red chalk Leeuwenhoek? Drawings 3, 4, 5 in this letter are made by a draughtsman, but Leeuwenhoek doesn’t specify that these 5 drawings were made by someone else, while figures 5 and 8 are very similar to earlier drawings by Leeuwenhoek himself. 
89 22 January 1686 LBO/11i/017 Red chalk, strongly applied Leeuwenhoek? These drawings of salts are similar to earlier drawing by Leeuwenhoek. 
    Total drawings probably by Antoni van Leewenhoek 8       
  
Unknown Draughtsmen 
13 4 December 1674 EL/L1/9 Hand-printed, graphite This image was copied from a red chalk drawing now in the British Library (Add MS 22953, f. 125). The hand of the BL drawing looks similar to that of draughtsman 1. 
17 26 March 1675 EL/L1/13 (Figs. 5, 6) Hand-printed, black ink These images are nature prints from oak leaves. 
17 26 March 1675 EL/L1/13 (Figs. 1–4) Graphite, skillfully applied, with much use of shading and depth Unknown draughtsman 1   
21 22 February 1676 EL/L1/17 Graphite, black chalk, skillfully applied, with much use of shading and depth Unknown draughtsman 1   
43 25 April 1679 EL/L1/40 Multi-coloured chalk Unknown draughtsman 2   
54 12 January 1680 EL/L1/49 (Figs. 1–4) Hand-printed, black chalk Leeuwenhoek mentioned that someone other then himself made these black chalk copies from his own red-chalk originals. 
57 5 April 1680 EL/L1/52 (Fig. 2) Ink and grey wash, use of shading Unknown draughtsman 3   
65 12 November 1680 EL/L1/62 (Figs. 3, 4, 6) Ink and body colour Unknown draughtsman 4 Very different drawing style than all other drawings. 
93 10 June 1686 EL/L2/4 (Figs. 2–6) Ink and grey wash, use of shading Unknown draughtsman 3 There are 2 figures 5, counting up to 6 by this draughtsman in total. 
10 93 10 June 1686 EL/L2/4 24 Graphite and red chalk, skillfully applied, with much use of shading and depth Unknown draughtsman 1   
11 94 10 July 1686 EL/L2/6 Red and black chalk, strongly applied Unknown draughtsman 1   
12 114 1 April 1689 EL/L2/25 Red chalk, strongly applied Unknown draughtsman 1   
    Total drawings by unknown draughtsmen 58       
  
  TOTAL DRAWINGS PERIOD 1 140       
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