Celestial globe by George Adams

Made:
1766 in Fleet Street
maker:
Adams, George

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Terrestrial globe, on mahogany tripod stand with compass by G. Adams, in brass great circles; in octagonal glazed
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
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Celestial globe, on mahogany tripod stand with compass by G. Adams, in brass great circles, in octagonal glazed
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Celestial globe, on mahogany tripod stand with compass by G. Adams, in brass great circles, in octagonal glazed
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Celestial globe, on mahogany tripod stand with compass by G. Adams, in brass great circles, in octagonal glazed
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Celestial globe, on mahogany tripod stand with compass by G. Adams, in brass great circles, in octagonal glazed
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Celestial globe, on mahogany tripod stand with compass by G. Adams, in brass great circles, in octagonal glazed
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Celestial globe, on mahogany tripod stand with compass by G. Adams, in brass great circles, in octagonal glazed
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Celestial globe, on mahogany tripod stand with compass by G. Adams, in brass great circles, in octagonal glazed
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Celestial globe, on mahogany tripod stand with compass by G. Adams, in brass great circles, in octagonal glazed
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Celestial globe on mahogany tripod stand with compass and ctagonal glazed mahogany case made by George Adams, Fleet Street, London, 1766. Inscribed 'Made by G. ADAMS Fleet Street LONDON' on the compass.

This is one of a pair of globes made by George Adams for King George III. A cartouche in Latin reads: 'To the most august King of the Britons, George III, the most generous and celebrated patron of astronomers, this celestial globe, a new and corrected image of the heavens, showing accurately the stars recently observed at the southern promontory of Africa and also all the stars in Flamsteed's Catalogue, is given and dedicated as the monument of a grateful heart and respect with all honour and duty, by the most devoted G. Adams, London, by G.Adams, instrument maker to the King, in Fleet Street.' The celestial globe shows constellations in the southern hemisphere based on Nicholas Lacaille's observations at the Cape of Good Hope from 1740- 1744. The new constellations were named after scientific instruments and Adams used his own instruments as models.

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Details

Category:
King George III
Object Number:
1927-1701 Pt1
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, mahogany (wood), paper (fibre product), steel (metal) and wood (unidentified)
type:
instrument component
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • visual and verbal communication
  • globe - cartographic sphere
credit:
King's College, London

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