Chromolithograph
Étienne Léopold Trouvelot (1827-1895)
Astronomical Drawings
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [Reproduced from the original drawings by Armstrong & Company, Riverside Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts], 1882
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E. L. Trouvelot, a French-born artist and amateur astronomer, spent 1872—74 working with the 15-inch refractor at the Harvard Observatory. During this time he prepared a number of large pastel drawings representing, as he wrote in his Astronomical Drawings, "the celestial phenomena as they appear to the trained eye and to an experienced draughtsman through the great modern telescopes." To illustrate the principal classes of celestial objects and phenomena, Trouvelot selected fifteen of these drawings to be reproduced using chromolithography, an illustration process that was at the zenith of its development in the 1880s.


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