Moon: Craters, South East Tycho

1851 in Kent
James Hall Nasmyth

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Moon / James Nasmyth, 1851. - 6: Craters, South East Tycho: painting by James Nasmyth of part of the surface of the Moon, dated 1851. 130x147cm.

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 a series of sketches and paintings, from hundreds of observations, focusing on the light and shadow created by the moon’s pitted surface.


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