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    View overlooking 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 from behind the old Royal Observatory building (now known as Flamsteed House) at Greenwich, which appears on the right of the print. The observatory’s 60 foot refracting telescope is visible, mounted on a flagpole. Downhill from the observatory is Greenwich and the river Thames. Several figures inhabit the scene including (lower right) an artist in the act of drawing.

    Plate 7 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 SEPTENTRIONALIS.”

    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.10257
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