Orrery by Thomas Wright

Made:
1735-1745
maker:
Thomas Wright

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Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
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Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery, c. 1740. This small orrery was made by Thomas Wright of Fleet Street for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Orrery with original winding handle made by Thomas Wright, Fleet Street, London, 1735-1740. Once belonged to Stephen Demainbray.

In Thomas Wright's 'A Description of an Astronomical Instrument being the Orrery Reduced' , he described his small orreries such as this as having been made for 'Ladies and Gentlemen rather than noblemen or Princes'. Wright (active 1718-1747) was a mathematical instrument maker whose workshop was called the 'Orrery and Globe' on Fleet Street. This orrery once belonged to Stephen Demainbray (1710-1782) and was used by him in his lectures on natural philosophy. It shows the Sun, Earth, Moon, Mercury and Venus. The Earth can be turned on its axis directly, while the handle is used for showing annual rotation. The outer ring shows both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the signs of the zodiac, and the points of the compass. The orrery could be used to find the time of the Sun's rising and setting at various points on Earth and at different times of the year and also the date and time of solar and lunar eclipses. Demainbray worked as superintendent at the King's observatory at Kew from 1768 and his collection of instruments and apparatus was absorbed into the King's own collection.

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Details

Category:
King George III
Object Number:
1927-1414
Materials:
brass, ivory - elephant ivory, oak, paint, wood (unidentified)
type:
orrery
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • model - representation
credit:
King's College, London

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