Credit: ©The Royal Society
    Image number: RS.13596

    Sculpture bust of John Flamsteed

    late 20th century
    John Flamsteed (1646 - 1719, British) , Astronomer
    George E Elliot (British) , Sculptor
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    height (sculpture): 580mm
    width (sculpture): 370mm
    height (pedestal): 85mm
    width (pedestal): 180mm
    depth (pedestal): 175mm
    Bust of John Flamsteed, head and part shoulders. Flamsteed is shown facing forward wearing full wig and clerical bands.

    Plaque inscribed: 'JOHN FLAMSTEED 1646-1719 FIRST ASTRONOMER ROYAL'.

    John Flamsteed (1646-1719), British Astronomer and Clergyman, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1677 and later served on the Council.
    Object history
    Presented by the Royal Greenwich Observatory, 1975.

    The donation is recorded in the Royal Society’s Council Minutes, Volume 25 (Printed), 9 October 1975: ‘Reported the gift made by the Royal Greenwich Observatory of a bronze bust of John Flamsteed, F.R.S., by G Elliot and presented by the director, at the Royal Society on 17 July 1975, on the occasion of the reception held to celebrate the tercentenary of the founding of the Observatory. Resolved – That the thanks of the Society be returned or this gift.’

    Cast and copies: Copy of the Tisbury stone bust made by Elliot for the Royal Greenwich Observatory, formerly at Herstmonceux. Commissioned by the Royal Greenwich Observatory to mark the tercentenary of its 1675 foundation.
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