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Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color by John Bevis ÔÇô Taurus ÔÇô April 21 ÔÇô May 20
This colorfully illustrated Star Chart for Taurus has been completely art-worked from the Taurus 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 beautifully illustrated print showcases the Taurus plate from John Bevis' Star Charts of the signs of the Zodiac. The vibrant colors and intricate details bring to life this ancient symbol representing those born between April 21 and May 20. John Bevis, an eighteenth-century physician-turned-astronomer, compiled these extraordinary charts as a testament to his passion for both medicine and astronomy. Not only did he create this celestial atlas, but he also made significant contributions to science by discovering the Crab Nebula. Bevis's Uranographia Britannica stands among other great celestial atlases in history, such as Bayer's, Hevelius's, Flamsteed's, and Bode's. Regrettably incomplete due to circumstances beyond his control, Beviss Uranographia could have been another remarkable addition. Trained at Oxford University as a physician, Bevis established his private observatory in North London in 1738. It was here that he conducted observations leading him towards creating the second British Celestial Atlas. His work became even more significant following the posthumous publication of John Flamsteed's Atlas. By carefully examining dedications on each piece and cross-referencing them with records from Royal Society and clergy archives, historians have determined that these plates were created between 1747-1749. This print not only captures a stunning representation of Taurus but also pays homage to John Bevis' invaluable contributions to astronomy during the mid-eighteenth century.
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