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Warren de la Rue

Photo credit: The Royal Institution

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De la Rue, a member of the printing family, was a Victorian astronomer and chemist. He used this combination of skills to pioneer the use of photography in mapping the sky, creating stunning photographs of the moon and recording a total solar eclipse in Spain in 1860. Amongst his other achievements he also co-invented an envelope folding machine and carried out research into a new type of battery.

De la Rue was Secretary of the Royal Institution for three years and donated several pieces of apparatus and some of his early images of the moon.

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oil on canvas


H 105.6 x W 80 cm

Accession number

RIIC 0054

Acquisition method

presented by Harold W. Pollock, 1930

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