Moon by James Nasmyth

Made:
1849 in Kent
maker:
James Hall Nasmyth

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Moon / James Nasmyth, 1849. - 3: Moon, whole face; paper in seven sections, 197x199cm, moon 183x185cm. Dated 1849.
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Moon by James Nasmyth, 1849. Moon, whole face; paper in seven sections. Produced from hundreds of observations, focusing on the light and shadow created by the moon's pitted surface. It was exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851.

James Nasmyth started observing the moon in the 1840s, while running a revolutionary engineering business in Manchester. He tried to use the most up-to-date lunar map published by German astronomers but found the two-dimensional line drawing did not equate easily with the three-dimensional surface he observed. He therefore produced this extraordinary painting, from hundreds of observations, focusing on the light and shadow created by the moon’s pitted surface. Exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851, the painting won him a medal and the attention of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1956-153/3
Measurements:
overall (framed): 2100 mm x 2120 mm x 700 mm,
type:
painting
credit:
University of Oxford Observatory

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