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1966.495.2 (RS32550)

Description

Pair of globes which belonged to John Lowell, Jr.

Details

Label
These globes have meridian and horizon rings and a brass strap for marking the position of the sun. They were used to solve astronomical calculations and complex spherical trigonometry. Of course, globes also provided geographic information. In the nineteenth century, this pair was inherited by John Lowell, Jr., a passionate traveler, who twice cut short his studies at Harvard University for trips to India. A few years later, after the deaths of his wife and young daughters from scarlet fever, Lowell sought solace by embarking on a trip around the world. Weakened by dysentery, he died in Bombay in 1834.
Maker
unknown
Date
1793
Material
alder (wood)
brass (alloy)
gesso
paper (fiber product)
Places
City of London (London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom) [borough]
Descriptive terms
alder (wood)
brass (alloy)
gesso
GLOBE
globes (cartographic spheres)
paper (fiber product)
Accession Number
1966.495.2
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Benjamin S. Clark
GUSN
47393

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