Tag Archives: Drawing

Support

When I began the project I knew nothing of the Royal Society, what an Astronomer Royal might be or what form the wonderful ‘Philosophical Transactions’ took (which have supplied so much of my source material). The learning process – particularly … Continue reading

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Maps & Words, Lost & Found

Is there a correlation? A month before the exhibition opening my mum finally lost the map of her house, even when stood in the kitchen surrounded by ‘white goods’ there is nothing there she recognises. I say “by the sink … Continue reading

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Shape of a Mountain

A photo of Schiehallion is an impressive thing, with great hunk with spine aloft, the mountain rises magnificently out of its surroundings. But before photography – and prior to contours – depicting a mountain and suggesting its elevation had quite … Continue reading

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Map Mark Making

The look of a mountain.Crucially – with neither faint (contour) lines nor numbered heights – we have illustration IX. It probably represents the stage before the invention, on it are marked the perimeter stations – where a theodolite would have … Continue reading

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Cooking with Columns (and tables)

Once Hutton had conceived his columns: “it is evident that the plan must be divided into a great number of parts, perhaps not less than a thousand for each observatory… forming about two thousand such pillars of matter…” With his … Continue reading

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Thinking Things v. Making Things

Thomas Bewick: “…various jobs… fell exclusively to my lot to execute… [including] the Mathematical Figures for Charles Hutton. This frequently drew him into the Room, in which I worked, to inspect what I was doing – he was always very … Continue reading

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Altitude

A moment of idle curiosity led to downloading a phone app for altitudes. It uses two systems: GPS and ASTER (a digital elevation model) and now, as I write, note I am sitting at either 402 or 396 feet above … Continue reading

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