December 4, 2011

Unknown Printmaker's "The Planet of Herschel"

Nationality: FrenchCreation Date: c. 1781-1850
Size: 1.25 x 2.25 inch (3.2 x 5.7 cm)Media: Engraving (?) on paper
Location: My collection

This is an old print that I am proud to own.  It is a depiction of William Herscehl looking through a telescope, presumably discovering the planet which later became known as Uranus.  I think the star with the beams coming out of it is supposed to be the planet.  It's not a great work of art by any stretch of the imagination, but I still like it.  

Planet Herschel Print

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