Sir Robert Stawell Ball, mathematician and astronomer, c 1890.

Ward, Leslie, Sir

 
Sir Robert Stawell Ball, mathematician and astronomer, c 1890.
4 0 c m
 
28cm
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

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Chromolithograph by Leslie Ward, better known as Spy (1851-1922), of the Irish mathematician and Astronomer Royal for Ireland, Sir Robert Stawell Ball (1840-1913). Ball was a keen promoter of popular astronomy: his works aimed to make astronomy comprehensible to the non-specialist. This illustration shows Ball standing in front of a giant celestial globe. From the magazine 'Vanity Fair'.

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