A Paris chez l'Auteur, Rue Racine No 3, et chez Schroth, edit.r Rue Traversiere St Honoré 25.
Mezzotint, very scarce. 440 x 340mm (17¼ x 13¼). Slight scratch bottom right.
François Jean Dominique Arago (1786-1853), French mathematician, astronomer, whose recalculation of the Paris Meridian are commemorated by the 135 Arago medallions set into the ground through Paris. In the 1848 Revolution he joined the Provisional Government, in which he was responsible for abolishing flogging in the French Navy and then succeeded in procuring the abolition of slavery in the French colonies. In May he briefly served as Prime Minister of France, until the collective resignation of the Executive Power Commission in June. When Napoleon III took power in 1851 an oath of allegiance from all its functionaries, was required: Arago sent in his resignation as astronomer at the Bureau des Longitudes rather than take the oath, but Louis-Napoleon refused it and made "an exception in favour of a savant whose works had thrown lustre on France, and whose existence the government would regret to embitter."
Wellcome: 90 Not in.
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