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Pair of globes which belonged to John Lowell, Jr.
globes (cartographic spheres)
paper (fiber product)
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.
Gift of Mrs. Benjamin S. Clark
City of London (London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom) [borough]