George II's Grand Orrery

Made:
1733 in London and Fleet Street
maker:
Thomas Wright
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Large orrery, or planetarium
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
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Large orrery, or planetarium
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Large orrery, or planetarium
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

It is not known who made this orrery in the first place
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It is not known who made this orrery in the first place
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It is not known who made this orrery in the first place
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It is not known who made this orrery in the first place
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It is not known who made this orrery in the first place
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It is not known who made this orrery in the first place
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Large orrery on pedestal base with with gilded horse head decorations beneath the calendar ring and glazed cover, original maker unknown, enlarged by Thomas Wright, Fleet Street, London, 1733. Inscribed 'All the Machinery of this instrument was made new in 1733 by Tho Wright Instrument maker to His MAJESTY GEORGE II'.

The original orrery on which the enlargement was made measured three-feet in diameter and the maker is unknown. Thomas Wright, a mathematical instrument maker, made such extensive modifications to this orrery in 1733 that it has since been referred to as 'Wright's Grand Orrery'. It was enlarged for King George II, George III's grandfather, to include all the then known planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter (with its four moons) and Saturn (with five of its many moons) in addition to the Sun and the Moon.

Details

Category:
King George III
Object Number:
1927-1659
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), mahogany (wood), steel (metal), metal (unknown), ivory, wood (unidentified), paint, rosewood and ceramic (unspecified)
type:
orrery
credit:
King's College, London

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