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Aries and Musca borealis, c.1825 (card, paper, tissue)

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Aries and Musca borealis, c.1825 (card, paper, tissue)

7339259 Aries and Musca borealis, c.1825 (card, paper, tissue) by Hall, Sydney (fl.1826); 20.3x14 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: Sidney Hall
Plate 16. 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.

The cards are hand coloured and show the stars and traditional imagery for the major constellations. The cards give compass directions, the names of the constellations and the most important stars. They feature eighty constellations and two sub-constellations, some of which are no longer recognised. The artwork and choice of constellations is inspired by Alexander Jamieson's Celestial Atlas (1822).); © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Media ID 38176974

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

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This stunning print captures the beauty of Aries and Musca borealis, two constellations depicted on a card from c.1825. Created by Sidney Hall as part of a set of thirty-two constellation cards known as 'Urania's Mirror', this piece is a true work of art that combines both education and aesthetics. The intricate details in the hand-colored cards show the stars and traditional imagery associated with each constellation, providing compass directions, names of constellations, and important stars within them. The artwork is inspired by Alexander Jamieson's 'Celestial Atlas' (1822), showcasing eighty constellations and two sub-constellations that were recognized at the time. Displayed within a box depicting Urania, the personification of Astronomy, these cards were meant to be both attractive and educational for domestic use. Sold alongside Aspin's 'Familiar Treatise on Astronomy' (1825), they reflect the growing interest in improving pastimes during the 18th and 19th centuries. Now housed at the National Maritime Museum in London, this print serves as a reminder of our fascination with the stars above us. It captures not only the scientific knowledge but also the artistic interpretation that has been passed down through generations. Truly a timeless piece worth admiring for years to come.

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