G. B. Airy.To the Kings most Excellent Majesty this print of G. B. Airy, M.A.F.R.S. Proffesor of Astronomy in the University of Cambridge is by His Majesty's Gracious permission humby dediated by his faithful servant & subject W. Mason.
Publsihed by W. Mason, Cambridge & by W. H. Mason
Lithograph with large margins. Rare. Sheet size: 370 x 305mm (14¼ x 12").
A rare portrait of George Biddell Airy (1801 - 1892), astronomer royal. Half length, seated, to the left, looking at the viewer with his hands together in his lap. In his role as Astronomer Royal between 1835 to 1881, Airy established Greenwich as the location of the prime meridian. His reputation has been tarnished by allegations that, through his inaction, Britain lost the opportunity of priority in the discovery of Neptune.
[Ref: 35776] £240.00