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    East view from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich

    Date
    1676
    Creator
    Francis Place (1647 - 1728, British) , Painter
    After
    Robert Thacker (British) , Draftsman
    Object type
    Library reference
    Tracts/X32/4
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (print): 230mm
    width (print): 350mm
    Subject
    Content object
    Description
    Landscape showing the eastern prospect from the old Royal Observatory building (now known as Flamsteed House) at Greenwich. The scene is rural and the locations of Charleton, Shooter’s Hill and Eltham are noted on the horizon. Various figures are visible including a stag. Cultivated avenues of trees and terraced steps mark the approach to the observatory. What appears to be a dovecot can be seen lower right.

    Plate 6 from Ichnographia speculae Regiae Grenovici exquisite facta (London, 1676) a series of engravings commissioned by Sir Jonas Moore, the leading force in the construction and equipping of the original Royal Greenwich Observatory. The plate bears the inscription: “PROSPECTUS ORIENTALIS.”

    Sir Jonas Moore (1617-1679) mathematician and patron of astronomy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1674.
    Associated place
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    Credit
    © The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.10256
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