Sir William Herschel (1738-1822)
A half-length portrait to left in a russet coat with a fur collar and either a grey wig or powdered hair. He is holding a paper bearing the words, 'The Georgian Planet With its Satellites', together with a drawing of a planet and its satellites. This probably refers to Herschel's discovery of Uranus in 1781, which he initially wanted to call 'Georgium Sidus' after his new patron, George III. It was eventually named Uranus after the mythological god of the skies.
- Image reference: BHC2764
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection
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