Lunar craters

Made:
1840-1860 in England
artist:
James Hall Nasmyth

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One of six sketches in crayon by James Nasmyth showing unamed craters on one side and a larger portion of the Moon on the reverse side.

Nasmyth observed the Moon nightly, making carefully annotated sketches of specific features, such as these craters. As the Moon orbited the earth, different angles allowed him to judge the height of lunar mountains and depth of the craters. Working with plaster, he then modelled detailed sections of the surface in three dimensions, and photographed these under strong sunlight. He published the resulting images in a seminal work 'The Moon' with James Carpenter, 1874.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1957-93/4
Materials:
complete, paper, pastel
type:
drawing
credit:
Mr William Porthouse

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