Plan of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich by Francis Place

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Plan of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
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Print size 40.0 x 30.0 cm
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30.0 x 19.8 cm
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Plan of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Francis Place
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© The Royal Society


Plan of the old Royal Observatory building (now known as Flamsteed House) designed by Christopher Wren (1632-1723) showing rooms, with a key to their use and various details. These include a reflecting telescope tube of 60 feet in length (centre); a 120 foot deep stairwell for parallax observation (top right); and the star chamber, or octagon room (right). Scale: 1 ¢ inches to 30 feet. Plate 1 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. 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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