Trade card for George Adams, instrument maker to King George III, c 18th century.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Trade card for George Adams, instrument maker to King George III, c 18th century.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

George Adams (1704-1773) of Fleet Street, London was instrument maker to George III (1738-1820); several of the astronomical, mathematical and electrical instruments he made survive in the collection of the Science Museum. Advertised are quadrants, sundials, drawing instruments, a new portable microscope, globes, orreries, models to demonstrate the positions of the planets, and a 'cosmotheoron', 'by which all the celestial phenomena are plainly and clearly exhibited'. Other items include weaponry, air pumps, hydrostatical balances, compases, barometers, and a camera obscura, 'for drawing in perspective'. The portrait is of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).
 

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10422179
 

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