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Image number: RS.17165
Credit: ©The Royal Society
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Two portraits of Tycho Brahe

Date

17th century

Sitter

Tycho Brahe (1546-1601, Danish), Astronomer

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

v6 p49

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (Page): 650mm
width (Page): 484mm

Subject

Description

Two etched portraits of Tycho Brahe.

1. Engraved by Jacques de Gheyn II, printed by Jacob van Meurs between 1633 and 1679. Measurements: 188 x 135 mm.

2. Etching. Copy of the above by an unknown artist. Measurements: 168 x 130 mm.

Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) was a Danish nobleman and astronomer. He combined the Ptolemaic planetary system (the Sun orbiting the Earth) with the Copernican system (the other planets orbiting the Sun) into the Tychonic system. He established an astronomical observatory and alchemical laboratory called Uraniborg on the small island of Hven, between Zealand and Scania, which was Danish at the time.

From a set of albums known as Collectanea Newtoniana, a selection of prints, original artwork and manuscripts relating to Newton, collected by Charles Turnor (1768-1853). Turnor was an astronomer, collector and Fellow of the Royal Society. He owned Woolsthorpe Manor (Newton’s birthplace).

Related Fellows

Isaac Newton (1642-1727, British), Natural philosopher

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