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Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color by John Bevis ÔÇô Pisces ÔÇô February 18 ÔÇô March 20
This colorfully illustrated Star Chart for Pisces has been completely art-worked from the Pisces 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 intricate and vibrant Star Chart for Pisces, part of John Bevis' early color collection. Created by completely reimagining the original Pisces plate from Bevis' renowned Star Charts of the signs of the Zodiac, this artwork is a true testament to his talent and creativity. John Bevis, an esteemed eighteenth-century physician-turned-astronomer, not only excelled in charting celestial bodies but also made significant contributions to our understanding of the universe. He is famously known as the discoverer of the Crab Nebula, solidifying his place in astronomical history. Bevis's Uranographia Britannica stands among other great celestial atlases like Bayer's, Hevelius's, Flamsteed's, and Bode's. Regrettably unfinished due to circumstances beyond his control, it remains a work that could have been monumental in its own right. Trained at Oxford University as a physician and driven by his passion for astronomy, Bevis established a private observatory in North London in 1738. It was here that he meticulously observed celestial phenomena and embarked on creating his ambitious British Celestial Atlas. The creation date of these remarkable plates can be narrowed down between 1747-1749 through careful cross-referencing with dedications found on each work. By comparing titles suggested within Bevis' atlas to records held by institutions such as the Royal Society and clergy archives, historians have been able to establish approximate timeframes. This print serves as both an artistic masterpiece capturing Pisces' essence and a tribute to John Bevis' invaluable contributions to astronomy during this era.
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