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Sunspot

Photo credit: Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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Black and white painting showing the size of a sunspot against that of the Earth. Working from sketches made directly at his telescope, the artist used his considerable artistic skill to produce this 1860 portrayal of the Sun. Nasmyth, a successful industrialist and engineer, made extensive solar observations after he retired from business in Manchester and moved to a new home near Hawkhurst in Kent, England.

Science Museum

London


Date

1860

Medium

oil, lampblack & distemper on paper

Measurements

H 43.5 x W 47 cm

Accession number

1899-61

Acquisition method

purchased from the artist, 1899

Work type

Painting


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