image Brahe T, IM006256
Image number: RS.17166
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Portrait of Tycho Brahe


17th century


Tycho Brahe (1546-1601, Danish), Astronomer


Philipp Kilian (1628-1693, German), Engraver

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v6 p49




height (plate): 273mm
width (plate): 174mm



Engraved portrait of Tycho Brahe, by the engraver Philipp Kilian.

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 alchemial 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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