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Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color by John Bevis ÔÇô Capricorn ÔÇô December 22 ÔÇô January 19
This colorfully illustrated Star Chart for Capricorn has been completely art-worked from the Capricorn plate featured on John Beviss Star Charts of the signs of the Zodiac by John Bevis c1747-1749.
These extremely detailed 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 intricate and vibrant Star Chart for Capricorn, part of John Bevis' renowned collection on the Signs of the Zodiac. Created between 1747-1749, this artwork is a stunning representation of Bevis' dedication to both astronomy and artistry. John Bevis, an accomplished physician-turned-astronomer in the eighteenth century, not only compiled these detailed charts but also made significant contributions to our understanding of celestial bodies. He is famously known as the discoverer of the Crab Nebula, adding another feather to his cap alongside his exquisite Uranographia. Bevis' Uranographia Britannica stands as one of history's great celestial atlases, often mentioned in conjunction with other esteemed works by Bayer, Hevelius, Flamsteed, and Bode. His private observatory in North London served as a hub for his observations and led him to create this remarkable atlas. The careful cross-referencing of dedications on each plate allows historians to confidently date their creation between 1747-1749. By comparing titles suggested within Bevis' work with records from institutions like the Royal Society and clergy archives, we can establish a timeframe for its production. This particular print captures Capricorn's essence through vivid colors and meticulous details. It serves as a testament to John Bevis' brilliance as both an astronomer and artist while offering us a glimpse into centuries-old astronomical knowledge that continues to captivate us today.
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