'The Grand Orrery by Rowley', London, 1715-1728.

'The Grand Orrery by Rowley', London, 1715-1728.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 30cm x 32cm


Engraving of a planetary model made by John Rowley of London, called an orrery or planetarium, it is a demonstration model to show the motions of the Earth, Moon and planets around the Sun. Such devices became popular during the 17th century, especially after Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) published his universal theory of gravity in 1687.

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