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Image number: RS.17520
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Cloud horizon




Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819-1900, British), Astronomer

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Night view of the rolling clouds below Mount Guajara.

Inscribed in ink underneath: 'The cloud horizon at Guajara as seen by moonlight: showing the summit of Grand Canary above the clouds in the distance.'

From the 'Tenerife Papers of Charles Piazzi Smyth', a scrapbook of watercolours and stereo plates from Smyth's 1856 astronomical expedition to a volcanic mountain range in Tenerife.

This particular watercolour features as the bottom half of plate XXXII in Smyth's paper 'Astronomical experiment on the peak of teneriffe, carried out under the sanction of the lords commissioners of the admiralty', published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 148, 1858.

Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819-1900) Italian Astronomer was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1857, but resigned in 1874.

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Donated to the Royal Society by Charles Piazzi Smyth, 1857.

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