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A machine for showing the Motions of the Earth and Phases of the Moon

PAJ3147
Fine art

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Collection Fine art, Prints, drawings and watercolours, Popular Astronomy, 4. Astronomy and print
User collections Longitude punk'd by hfinch-boyer
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleArtist: Ferguson, James

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Object ID PAJ3147
Description This is a framed pen and ink drawing entitled 'A machine for shewing the Motions of the Earth and Phases of the Moon' by the instrument-maker, author and lecturer James Ferguson (1710-1776). A date appears under the title on the left hand side which appears to read June 8 1746. The drawing shows the terrestrial sphere and the geared mechanism of the instrument, a tellurium, and there is a lengthy text giving a key to the diagram down the right hand side. Ferguson was known as a maker of globes (including GLB0057), orreries and astronomical clocks and for using his instruments to illustrate his popular lectures on astronomy and mechanics. He was born in Scotland and, after beginning his career as a miniature portraitist, he followed his scientific interests to London in 1743. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1763. PAJ4016 is a mezzotint of Ferguson published in the year of his death.
Date made 1746

Artist/Maker Ferguson, James
Place made London, England
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials ink; pen; wash; paper
Measurements Overall: 510 x 365 mm; Frame: 725 x 605 mm
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  • A machine for showing the Motions of the Earth and Phases of the Moon (PAJ3147)
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