Stipple. Plate 140 x 90mm (5˝ x 3˝").
Jérome Lelande (1732-1807) a French astronomer who spent his life working on planetary theory. In 1795 his staff recorded the position of Neptune but failed to recognise it as a planet. When this was discovered in his papers in 1847 (the year after the planet was first noted) the observations were used to calculate the planet's orbit. In 1801 he endowed the Lalande Prize, administered by the French Academy of Sciences, for advances in astronomy. The portrait was published in 'Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden' (Universal Geographical Ephemerides (i.e. encyclopedia)) by Friedrich Bertuch et al.
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