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Reduced version of mural painting depicting the astronomical observation of Venus passing across the sun by a draper called Crabtree. The figure is shown in an attic above his shop. He stands to the left, looking up in amazement; his pipe, stool and astronomical equipment lie on the floor, as a shaft of light from his telescope throws a reflection of the planet onto paper propped up on a table on far left.
tempera on panel
H 26.4 x W 55.9 cm
bequeathed by George Beatson Blair, 1947
Signed brc (monogram): FMB - 81 - 88