Jules Janssen (attributed to) Photographic Telescope

Price $1,200

Ref.# 4999

Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative

Mount on original mount

Photo Date 1870c  Print Date 1870c

Dimensions 10-5/8 x 13-15/16 in. (270 x 354 mm)

Photo Country Unknown

Photographer Country Unknown

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Image shows a crudely set up telescope that has been designed to take pictures. The temporary structure has triangular roof flaps that were used by both the French and British in their portable observatories. The frame within a frame look, especially with the crudity of the frame, adds a certain look of modernism to the image. Provenance: a group of images from Jules Janssen, noted photographer/astronomer (1824-1907). Title is written in ink in French (Lunette photographique equatoriale). Despite that notation the picture was apparently taken just south of Paris (5 or 10 degrees) prior to the telescope being moved to its eventual equatorial location.

Used in the exhibition: Astronomical: Photographs of Our Solar System and Beyond, January 31- May 17, 2015, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson.

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