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Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color by John Bevis ÔÇô Sagittarius ÔÇô November 23 ÔÇô December 21
This colorfully illustrated Star Chart for Sagittarius has been completely art-worked from the Sagittarius plate featured on John Beviss Star Charts of the signs of the Zodiac by John Bevis c1747-1749.
These extremely charts were compiled by Bevis, an eighteenth century physician-turned astronomer, whose other claim to fame is as the discoverer of the Crab Nebula,
John Bevis (November 10, 1695 - November 6, 1771) and the Uranographia
Historians of astronomy name four great celestial atlases: Bayer s, Hevelius s, Flamsteed s, and Bode s. To this, they add one great work that could have been: Beviss Uranographia.
John Bevis was an Oxford trained physician and amateur astronomer, Bevis set up a private observatory in North London in 1738, where he made observations, which led to his attempt to create the second British Celestial Atlas. In the mid 18th Century, Bevis produced his Uranographia Britannica, which was the first major celestial atlas published after the posthumous publication of the Atlas of John Flamsteed, Englands first Royal Astronomer.
Careful cross-referencing of the dedications on each work allows the date for the creation of the plates to be constrained to between 1747-1749. By comparing the titles suggested in the work to Royal Society and clergy records, upper and lower bounds of the date of creation can be made.
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This print showcases the vibrant Star Chart for Sagittarius, part of John Bevis' renowned series on the Signs of the Zodiac. Created between 1747 and 1749, this artwork is a testament to Bevis' skill as both an astronomer and artist. Bevis, a physician-turned-astronomer from the eighteenth century, is best known for his discovery of the Crab Nebula. However, his contribution to celestial cartography cannot be overlooked. His Uranographia Britannica was one of the first major celestial atlases published after John Flamsteed's Atlas. The dedication found on each plate allows historians to pinpoint their creation to this narrow time frame. Careful cross-referencing with records from the Royal Society and clergy further solidifies these dates. Sagittarius, represented in this print, spans from November 23rd to December 21st and is depicted in stunning detail. The intricate illustrations bring together mythology and astronomy seamlessly. This print serves as a reminder of Bevis' significant contributions to our understanding of the stars above us. It also highlights his artistic talent in bringing these constellations to life through vivid colors and meticulous attention to detail. Whether you are an astrology enthusiast or simply appreciate beautiful artistry, this piece will surely captivate your imagination and spark curiosity about our vast universe.
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