Searching for Halley's Comet at Greenwich Observatory by William Heath Robinson

Searching for Halley's Comet at Greenwich Observatory

William Heath Robinson

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Searching for Halley's Comet at Greenwich Observatory

The cartoon was reproduced in 1909, anticipating the 1910 return of Halley’s Comet on 20 April 1910. It shows several scientists on the roof of what appears to be the rear extension of Flamsteed House, probably including employees of the Observatory. Heath Robinson was best known for his humorous drawings of mechanical inventions. The focus of the humourous drawing is on the telescopic equipment, including a series of additional lenses being held up to achieve maximum possible magnification. The small, mischievously smiling comet appears at the top right.

Object number: AST1122
Date: 1909
Artist:William Heath Robinson
Dimensions: 420 mm x 290 mm

  • Image reference: L8070

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