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.

Date Made: 1749

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, London

Subject: Astronomy


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.329183Catalog Number: 329183Accession Number: 280072

Object Name: print

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 20.5 cm x 25.8 cm; 8 1/16 in x 10 5/32 in


Record Id: nmah_1184221

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