Globe

Collection Type

  • Maps and atlases

Date

1793

GUSN

GUSN-47393

Description

Pair of globes which belonged to John Lowell, Jr.

Details

Descriptive Terms

globes (cartographic spheres)
alder (wood)
gesso
paper (fiber product)
brass (alloy)
GLOBE

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

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Benjamin S. Clark

Accession Number

1966.495.2

Places

City of London (London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom) [borough]