The Orrery

This engraving depicts the orrery that Thomas Wright made in 1730 for Mr. Watts’ Academy in Tower Street, London. The surrounding diagrams represent the Ptolemaic system, the Tychonic system, the Copernican system, and the orbits of Mercury and Venus around the Sun. The text at top reads: “The Theory of the HEAVENS & the Earth explain’d according to the several Systems.” The text at bottom reads: “Engrav’d for the Universal Magazine 1749 for J. Hinton at the Kings Arms in St Pauls Church-Yard LONDON”
Ref: “The History of All Nations,” Universal Magazine 4 (1749): 49-58.
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date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 20.5 cm x 25.8 cm; 8 1/16 in x 10 5/32 in
overall: 13 1/2 in x 18 in; 34.29 cm x 45.72 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Science & Mathematics
Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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