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Formerly Called 'Nevil Maskelyne (1732–1811), Astronomer Royal'

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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The late Derek Howse, formerly Head of Astronomy at the National Maritime Museum and biographer of Nevil Maskelyne, the fifth Astronomer Royal, firmly believed that this portrait is misidentified on the basis of its great dissimilarity to Louis van der Puyl's undoubted Maskelyne portrait of 1785 owned by the Royal Society. Van der Puyl shows him in clerical dress (black with bands) appropriate to his formal status as a clerk in Holy Orders, rather than in the civil attire here, and against the background of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

National Maritime Museum

London


Date

1779

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 91.5 x W 71 cm

Accession number

BHC2854

Acquisition method

presented, 1936

Work type

Painting


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