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    View towards London 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): 214mm
    width (print): 350mm
    Subject
    Content object
    Description
    Landscape panorama showing the view from Greenwich: including at the right of the print the old Royal Observatory building (now known as Flamsteed House). The city is visible centrally, with the river Thames upon which ships can be seen. Several deer are shown in Greenwich parkland. Other figures inhabiting the scene include an artist in the act of drawing, far right.

    Plate 9 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 VERSUS LONDINUM:”

    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.10259
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