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Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color by John Bevis ÔÇô Virgo ÔÇô August 23 ÔÇô September 22

Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color by John Bevis ÔÇô Virgo ÔÇô August 23 ÔÇô September 22


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Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color by John Bevis ÔÇô Virgo ÔÇô August 23 ÔÇô September 22

This colorfully illustrated Star Chart for Virgo has been completely art-worked from the Virgo 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 beauty of John Bevis' "Signs of the Zodiac in Early Color" series, specifically highlighting the sign of Virgo. Crafted from Bevis' original plate featured in his renowned Star Charts, this colorfully illustrated star chart is a true work of art. John Bevis, an esteemed physician-turned-astronomer in the eighteenth century, not only created these extraordinary charts but also made significant contributions to astronomy. He is famously known as the discoverer of the Crab Nebula and was highly regarded for his expertise in celestial observations. Bevis's dedication to astronomical exploration led him to establish a private observatory in North London back in 1738. It was here that he meticulously observed and recorded celestial phenomena, ultimately inspiring him to create one of Britain's most influential celestial atlases – Uranographia Britannica. The creation date for these remarkable plates can be narrowed down between 1747-1749 through careful cross-referencing with Royal Society and clergy records. This particular print captures Virgo's essence with vibrant colors and intricate details, showcasing Bevis' mastery as both an astronomer and artist. As historians recognize four great celestial atlases throughout history – Bayer's, Hevelius', Flamsteed's, and Bode's – they often lament what could have been: Bevis' Uranographia. However, his contribution remains invaluable to our understanding of astrology and continues to inspire astronomers today.

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