Temporary suspension of EU shipping, view details here.

General view of Jaipur Observatory, India, 1915.

General view of Jaipur Observatory, India, 1915.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


This photograph shows a selection of the astronomical instruments at the Jaipur Observatory in India. These masive devices were built and designed under the supervision of Maharajah Jai Singh II (1686-1743). Finding European, Islamic and Hindu astronomical tables inaccurate, Singh decided to make his own observations to improve matters. As ruler of Rajasthan he built several observatories, starting in 1724 with one near Delhi. Built of masonry, the Jaipur instruments were used to accurately measure the position of the Sun, stars, moon and planets. These devices were without telescopes and relied on naked eyesight and masive, but precise construction. Dimensions: 280mm x 381mm.

Image Details

Image Ref.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

buy a print

Select size
Select finish
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas