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

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

7340883 Gemini, c.1825 (card, paper, tissue ) by Hall, Sydney (fl.1826); 20.3x14 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: Sidney Hall
Plate 18. 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

Astrology Celestial Map Constellation Constellations Gemini Mytholoy Signs Of Zodiac Sky Chart Star Star Chart Star Map Stars Symbole Symbolic Imagery Symbolical Representation Symbology Twin Twins Zodiac Sign Zodiac Signs Mythological Figure Symbols


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This stunning print of Gemini, c.1825 by Sidney Hall captures the beauty and intricacy of Urania's Mirror, a set of thirty-two constellation cards designed for educational purposes. The artwork features hand-colored images of the stars and traditional imagery associated with the major constellations, providing compass directions and names of important stars. The set was created as an attractive yet educational item for domestic use in the 18th and 19th centuries, reflecting a growing interest in improving pastimes during that time period. Accompanied by Jehoshaphat Aspin's 'Familiar Treatise on Astronomy', these constellation cards were meant to inspire curiosity and learning about the night sky. Inspired by Alexander Jamieson's 'Celestial Atlas', this collection showcases eighty constellations and two sub-constellations, some of which are no longer recognized today. The intricate details and careful craftsmanship make this print a true work of art that not only educates but also captivates viewers with its celestial beauty. Displayed at the National Maritime Museum in London, this piece serves as a reminder of our fascination with the cosmos throughout history, inviting us to gaze up at the stars and wonder about our place in the universe.

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