Landscape from behind the old Royal Observatory building (now known as Flamsteed House) at Greenwich, which appears on the right of the print. The observatory's 60 foot refracting telescope is visible, mounted on a flagpole. Downhill from the observatory is Greenwich and the river Thames. Several figures inhabit the scene including (lower right) an artist in the act of drawing. Plate 7 from Ichnographia speculae Regiae Grenovici exquisite facta (London, 1676) a series of engravings commissioned by Sir Jonas Moore, the leading force in the construction and equipping of the original Royal Greenwich Observatory. The plate bears the inscription: "PROSPECTUS SEPTENTRIONALIS." Sir Jonas Moore (1617-1679) mathematician and patron of astronomy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1674.
Original: etching. 1676
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