The 'Great Circle', Palermo, Sicily, Italy, 1862-1876.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

The 'Great Circle', Palermo, Sicily, Italy, 1862-1876.

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One of two photographs of a universal circle. The 'Great Circle' (three quarter view) designed by London instrument maker Jesse Ramsden (1735-1800) and completed by Matthew Berge, successor and son-in-law to Ramsden, was built for the Royal Observatory of Palermo in Sicily, Italy. Ramsden worked for various well-known instrument makers such as Sisson, Adams and Dollond, before starting on his own business in 1762. He went on to become the foremost instrument maker of his day.

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