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Half-length portrait of Nevil Maskelyne seated in a green square-backed chair, dressed in a short white wig, black clerical robes and white bands. Maskelyne holds a sheaf of papers in his left hand, the top sheet with figures headed: 'PRISMATIC MICRO–'. This rests on a leather bound volume, title on the spine: 'MASKELYNE’S OBSERVATIONS GREENWICH'. Behind is a landscape of the Old Royal Observatory, Greenwich, with drapery to the left as viewed.

The Royal Society



Nevil Maskelyne (1732–1811)




oil on canvas


H 105 x W 86.8 cm

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presented by Mrs Mervyn Story, 1828–1830

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