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Sagittarius and Corona Australis. Microscopium and Telescopium. c.1825 (card, paper, tissue)

Sagittarius and Corona Australis. Microscopium and Telescopium. c.1825 (card, paper, tissue)


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Sagittarius and Corona Australis. Microscopium and Telescopium. c.1825 (card, paper, tissue)

7340083 Sagittarius and Corona Australis. Microscopium and Telescopium. c.1825 (card, paper, tissue) by Hall, Sydney (fl.1826); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: Sidney Hall
Plate 24. A set of thirty-two constellation cards entitled Urania's Mirror, with a chart of the heavens for the latitude of London (by Jehoshaphat Aspin), all contained within a box depicting Urania, the personification of Astronomy. They were sold as an attractive but educational item, presumably to be used within a domestic setting and reflecting the rising taste for improving pastimes in the later 18th and early 19th century. The set was often accompanied by a copy of Aspin's Familiar Treatise on Astronomy (1825), written especially for the purpose.); © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Media ID 38371944

© © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London / Bridgeman Images

Astrology Celestial Map Centaur Constellation Constellations Fantastic Animal Fantastic Animals Fantastic Creature Fantastic Creatures Mythical Animal Mythical Beast Mythical Creature Mythical Creatures Mytholoy Sagittarius Signs Of Zodiac Sky Chart Star Star Chart Star Map Stars Symbole Symbolic Imagery Symbolical Representation Symbology Zodiac Sign Zodiac Signs Symbols


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This stunning print from c.1825 showcases the constellations of Sagittarius and Corona Australis, along with Microscopium and Telescopium, beautifully illustrated by Sydney Hall. The intricate details of these celestial formations are captured on a card made of paper and tissue, part of a set known as 'Urania's Mirror'. These constellation cards were not only decorative but also educational, designed to be used in domestic settings to promote an interest in astronomy during the 19th century. The box containing the cards depicts Urania, the personification of Astronomy, adding a touch of elegance to this scientific tool. The set was often accompanied by Jehoshaphat Aspin's 'Familiar Treatise on Astronomy', further enhancing its educational value. This particular print reflects the rising taste for improving pastimes during this period, appealing to those interested in both art and science. The mythical creatures and symbols associated with these constellations add a sense of wonder and mystery to the piece, inviting viewers to explore the depths of space through Hall's detailed illustrations. Overall, this print serves as a beautiful reminder of humanity's fascination with the stars and our ongoing quest for knowledge about the universe.

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