Science System of Astronomy Eclipse Earth Moon circa 1788
Genuine antique copper-plate engraving by Wilson Lowry (1762-1824) for "Cyclopedia of Arts and Sciences. On An Entire New and Improved Plan..."Published "according to Act of Parliament Alexander Hogg, at the Kings Arms No16 Paternoster Row" circa 1788
Condition: Excellent printed on hand-made "laid paper" with complete plate-mark 230 x 375mm. Discolouration on top edge outside plate-mark.
Wilson Lowry was a line engraver of scientific and technical illustrations, architectural views, landscapes, and portraits by contemporaries and his own design. Born in Whitechapel, Cumberland he was apprenticed to an engraver called Ross in Worcester, movingto London in 1780. He is credited with inventing a device for 'hatching' on plates and was one of the earlest to tackle the hard steel plate engraving, the harder metal required for the increased demand on the printing presses in the 1820's.
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