One of six sketches in crayon by James Nasmyth showing unnamed craters on the moon. Signed as being drawn from nature through Nasmyth's 20-inch reflecting telescope in 1860.
Sketch dated 1850 by James Nasmyth (1808-1890) in crayon of unnamed craters on the Moon. Working directly from the eyepiece of his 20-inch reflecting telescope, he used his considerable artistic skill to produce this portrayal of the lunar surface. Nasmyth a successful industrialist and engineer made extensive observations of the Moon. Using his drawings he calculated the height of the lunar features by measuring the length of their shadows. He then made relief models that were photographed to produce results better than could be then achieved using direct lunar photography. Nasmyth photographed a series of these models, which were used to illustrate the book, 'The Moon' that he co-published with James Carpenter in 1871.
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overall (framed): 430 mm x 385 mm x 40 mm,
image: 280 mm x 235 mm
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- Mr William Porthouse
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