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Orreries by Thomas Wright

By the time of the sixth edition of Joseph Harris's The description and use of the globes, and the orrery (1745), Thomas Wright's advertisement at the beginning of the book mentioned a number of specific commissions of large orreries for:
- Mr Watt's Academy in Tower Street, London
- His Majesty's Palace at Kensington
- the Royal Academy at Portsmouth
- the Duke of Argyle (Lord Islay)

In addition to the Christ Church example, there are several other surviving grand orreries by Wright. King and Millburn (Geared to the Stars) illustrate and discuss those at the Science Museum, London (http://www.scienceandsociety.co.uk/results.asp?image=10212006&itemw=4&itemf=0001&itemstep=1&itemx=50)
and the Musées royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels.

There is also an example held by the National Trust at Dunham Massey, Cheshire:

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