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Libra, c.1825 (card, paper, tissue )

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Libra, c.1825 (card, paper, tissue )

7340888 Libra, c.1825 (card, paper, tissue ) by Hall, Sydney (fl.1826); 20.3x14 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: Sidney Hall
Plate 22. 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 38372292

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

Astrology Balance Scales Balance Weight Celestial Map Constellation Constellations Fantastic Animal Fantastic Animals Fantastic Creature Fantastic Creatures Libra Mythical Animal Mythical Beast Mythical Creature Mythical Creatures Mytholoy Scale Scales Signs Of Zodiac Sky Chart Star Star Chart Star Map Stars Symbole Symbolic Imagery Symbolical Representation Symbology Weighing Scale Weight Scales Zodiac Sign Zodiac Signs Justice Symbols


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This stunning print of Libra, c.1825 by Sidney Hall captures the beauty and intricacy of Urania's Mirror, a set of thirty-two constellation cards designed for both education and aesthetic pleasure. The detailed hand-colored cards feature traditional imagery for major constellations, complete with compass directions and important star names. The artwork is inspired by Alexander Jamieson's 'Celestial Atlas', showcasing eighty constellations and two sub-constellations that may no longer be recognized today. Each card is a work of art in itself, reflecting the rising interest in improving pastimes during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Displayed within a box depicting Urania, the personification of Astronomy, these constellation cards were meant to be used within domestic settings as both decorative pieces and educational tools. Accompanied by Aspin's 'Familiar Treatise on Astronomy', this set provided a comprehensive guide to understanding the night sky. As you gaze upon this print from the National Maritime Museum in London, you can't help but appreciate the craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into creating these exquisite constellation cards. It serves as a reminder of our fascination with the stars above us and our eternal quest for knowledge about the universe.

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