[Sir W. Herschell.From a Crayon Picture by the late J. Russell, Esq.re R.A. in the possession of Sir John Herschell.]
Mezzotint on steel. Sheet 165 x 140mm (6½ x 5½". Trimmed within plate, losing title, two small holes in borders.
Portrait of Sir William Herschel (1738-1822), 'The King's Astronomer', holding a plan of Uranus and its satellites, headed 'The Georgian Planet with its Satallites'. He discovered the new planet in 1781 and attempted to have it named 'Georgium sidus' after King George III, but, because of French opposition, it was called 'Herschel' on the Continent until the name 'Uranus' was universally adopted.
Wellcome Library: 1379.4.
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