A wall hanging of the Sun, 3 feet in diameter and comparative size of planets by Working Men's Educational Union

A wall hanging of the Sun, 3 feet in diameter and comparative size of planets

Working Men's Educational Union

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A wall hanging of the Sun, 3 feet in diameter and comparative size of planets by Working Men's Educational Union zoom

A wall hanging of the Sun, 3 feet in diameter and comparative size of planets

A coloured cotton wall hanging, showing the sun, with sunspots, and along the bottom the known planets (to Neptune, discovered in 1846), each indicated by the letter with which its name begins. At each corner is a brass eyelet from which to hang the piece.
 
This is one of nine wall hangings now in the NMM, all on astronomical themes, which were produced by the Working Men's Educational Union. They were printed lithographically on cotton, probably to avoid paper duty. The hangings would have been used in lectures, held at  various locations, to illustrate the latest advances in knowledge. The Working Men's Educational Union was a philanthropic society that aimed to provide education to the working classes.
 
The WMEU's first annual report (1853) lists a wall hanging that fits this description, but with the number 33. This item may, therefore, be a reissue or reworking of the earlier design. The cost of the original was 5s 0d to subscribers or 6s 8d to non-subscribers.

Object number: ZBA4551

Original Size: 905 mm x 1197 mm

Size: 905 mm x 1197 mm

  • Image reference: F8658

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