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December 27, 2016 AT 11:27 am

Gorgeous 19th c. Astronomical Illustrations by Étienne Trouvelot #Astronomy #ArtTuesday

If ‘astrophotography‘ is a common field of study today, do you reckon artists in the late 1800s referred to themselves as ‘astroillustrators’? Regardless, these illustrations are wonderful!

The French artist, astronomer and amateur entomologist Étienne Léopold Trouvelot is noted for two major contributions in his lifetime. The first, and the one we are celebrating in this post, is the 7000 or so illustrations he created from his astronomical observations, the quality of which reached their zenith in the 15 exquisite pastel works which were published as The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings in 1882 (and reproduced in this post). Trouvelot was invited onto the staff of the Harvard College Observatory when the then director Joseph Winlock saw the quality of his illustrations, and in 1875 he was invited to use the U. S. Naval Observatory’s 26-inch refractor for a year. As well as his illustrations, Trouvelot also published some 50 scientific papers, and was credited with discovering “veiled spots” on the Sun in 1875.

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