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Leo Major and Leo Minor, c.1825 (card, paper, tissue )

Leo Major and Leo Minor, c.1825 (card, paper, tissue )


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Leo Major and Leo Minor, c.1825 (card, paper, tissue )

7340886 Leo Major and Leo Minor, c.1825 (card, paper, tissue ) by Hall, Sydney (fl.1826); 20.3x14 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: Sidney Hall
Plate 20. 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

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

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This stunning print captures the beauty and intricacy of Leo Major and Leo Minor, two constellations depicted on a card from the early 19th century. Created by Sidney Hall, this piece is part of a set of thirty-two constellation cards known as 'Urania's Mirror', designed to educate and entertain in domestic settings. The hand-colored cards feature traditional imagery for major constellations, providing compass directions and names of important stars. Inspired by Alexander Jamieson's 'Celestial Atlas', these cards showcase eighty constellations with meticulous detail. Displayed within a box depicting Urania, the personification of Astronomy, these constellation cards were sold as both attractive and educational items during a time when improving pastimes were on the rise. Accompanied by Aspin's 'Familiar Treatise on Astronomy', this set was meant to engage viewers in the wonders of the night sky. As we gaze upon this historical artifact, we are reminded of our connection to the cosmos and our eternal fascination with celestial bodies. The artistry and precision displayed in this print serve as a testament to human curiosity and creativity throughout history.

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