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Johannes Flamsteedius Derbiensis

Johannes Flamsteedius Derbiensis : T.Gibson / G.Vertue

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A portrait of John Flamsteed seated shown with his left hand upon his heart. The portrait appears within a roundel upon and architextural plinth with, presumably, the arms of the Flamsteed family shown below. Flamsteed died December 31st 1719. This engraving by George Vertue in 1721 is based on T.Gibson's portrait of 1712. Flamsteed was born August 19th 1646 in Denby, near Derby, and studied much astronomy alone, before continuing his studies at Cambridge. In 1675 he reported to the Royal Society the need for a new observatory. The Royal Observatory at Greenwich is the result of his report. Flamsteed's star catalogue published in 1725 was one of the most accurate produced to date. He is also renowned for the controversy regarding the earlier publication of his stellar observations when they were needed by both Isaac Newton and Edmund Halley.
mapmakers: T.Gibson G.Vertue
place and date of publication: London 1721
medium and colour: coppeprlate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 325 x 220
ref: 31057

Price: £ 340

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