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Inventory no. 39338 - Former Display Label

Pastel Drawing of the Moon by John Russell, 1795

The artist John Russell R.A. was a specialist in crayon portraits. He became Painter to George III and was London's leading pastellist of the late eighteenth century. However, he was also a dedicated and enthusiastic astronomer. He concentrated his efforts on the moon, working tirelessly to make an accurate record of the lunar surface.

Russell's telescopic observations and measurements were kept in a detailed sketchbook and form the basis not only for this giant pastel but for published engravings of the moon. His printed moon globe - the Selenographia of 1797 - is also displayed in the Museum.

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