'Astronomical Recreation', c 1850.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Coloured lithograph by the Leighton Brothers from the cover of an educational game, showing a family examining a star chart and relating it to the night sky. This print relates to a set of identification cards produced to instruct people in the recognition of star patterns in the sky. These took various forms, the commonest of which showed the outline of each constellation on separate cards. The positions of the stars were often perforated so that each card could be held up to the light to illustrate the apparent pattern of the stars in the night sky. Dimensions: 200mm x 130mm.