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Image number: RS.17521
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Lava boulders




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

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Stereoscopic view of a man [possibly Charles Piazzi Smyth?] standing beside two large lava specimens on Mount Teide, a volcano in Tenerife.

Inscribed in ink underneath: 'The lava boulders and pumice soil at the Alta Vista Station.'

The 'Alta Vista Station' was the name of the camp erected at the peak of Mount Teide by Charles Piazzi Smyth and his party during their 1856 astronomical expedition to this volcanic mountain range.

From the 'Tenerife Papers of Charles Piazzi Smyth', a scrapbook of watercolours and stereographs documenting this expedition.

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

Object history

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

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