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Image number: RS.11417
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Bishop’s Observatory, Twickenham

Date

1873

Creator - Organisation

Day & Son, Lithographers

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Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 150mm
width (print): 224mm

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Description

External view, from the north-west, of the observatory of George Bishop junior at Meadowbank, Twickenham, in the Borough of Richmond (formerly Middlesex), England. The observatory’s main instrument, a 7-inch Dollond refracting telescope, is just visible at the dome’s apeture. The view includes a male figure at the entrance to the building.

From the pamphlet Views and description of Mr. Bishop’s Observatory, Twickenham, compiled by George Bishop jr., (Richmond, Hiscocke and Son, Printers, 1873).

The print is inscribed lower right: ‘Day & Son, Lithrs. To the Queen.’ Main title below: ‘MR. BISHOP’S OBSERVATORY FROM THE NORTH-WEST’.

The original observatory, established by George Bishop senior, was at South Villa, Regent’s Park, London. Several leading astronomers worked there, including William Rutter Dawes (1799-1868) and John Russell Hind FRS (1823-1895). The instruments were moved to Twickenham and this new observatory by Bishop’s son in the years 1861-1863.

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