Orrery by William Jones


William Jones

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This planetarium is said to have belonged to Margaret Maskelyne, daughter of Nevil Maskelyne the 5th Astronomer Royal. It may, therefore, have been used by her and other members of the family at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. It consists of a baseplate, covered with engraved paper, with a central column supporting brass arms with models of the known planets and their satellites, surmounted with a brass sphere representing the Sun. The whole supported by a single turned wooden stand.

A number of the ivory models of planetary satellites are missing, indicating that the object was once in frequent use. The inclusion of Uranus dates the object to after 1781, while the inclusion of five or six moons surrounding it (it is unclear whether or not one is missing) would suggest that it post-dated William Herschel's spurious discovery of a further four moons, after an initial two, in 1798. William Jones, the maker, died in 1831.
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Original size: Overall: 230 mm x 270 mm x 200 mm

  • Image reference: L4731

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