A John Russell selenograph, London, circa 1800.

A model of the moon, mounted in an elaborate brass frame on stand, dimensions overall: 50.4cm x 34cm x 45.3cm.

Purchased from Russell by Henry, 10th Earl of Exeter, when he came to Burghley in 1799 to paint portraits of the Earl’s children.  The Earl was interested in the Sciences, however, when rediscovered in 1985, the selenograph was still in the pine box in which it was shipped from London, packed in protective sheepswool.



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