Orrery made for the Earl of Orrery

Made:
1712-1713
maker:
John Rowley

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The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
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The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
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The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Internal mechanism of the original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a
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The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
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The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

The original orrery c. 1712, made for the Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, London copied from a planetarium model made by
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Orrery or planetary model, c. 1712, made for Charles Boyle, the fourth Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, Fleet Street, London. The instrument was copied from one made by George Graham, and termed ‘orrery’ after its purchaser.

Dated 1712-3, this planetary model was made by the London instrument maker, John Rowley. Called an orrery or more correctly a tellurium, it is a demonstration device to show the motions of the Earth and Moon around the Sun. Such apparatus became popular during seventeenth century especially after Sir Isaac Newton published his universal theory of gravity. This particular example was made for Charles Boyle, the fourth Earl of Orrery in Ireland. Rowley copied it from an earlier example made by the London clock maker, George Graham. Much admired in its day, it was given the title 'orrery' after its owner – probably a play on the word ‘horary’, meaning hours. This name was subsequently applied to later planetary models or machines.

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Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1952-73
Materials:
brass, complete, glass, ivory, steel, wood
Measurements:
overall (estimate): 500 x 900 mm
type:
planetaria (models)
taxonomy:
  • disciplines
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  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences
credit:
Earl of Cork and Orrery

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