Total eclipse of the sun, Andalucia, Spain, 1870.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Watercolour painted by Paul Jacob Naftel who was employed as official artist on the British expedition to Andalucia, Spain to view the 1870 eclipse. The scene depicts members of the expedition viewing the eclipse with telescopes at the moment of totality when the Sun's surface is totally obscured. The Sun is surrounded by the pearly light of the corona, which illuminates the scene in the manner of moonlight. Naftel a watercolour artist from the Channel Islands is known to have produced another finished work of the 1870 eclipse.