Science Astronomy Latitude Longitude Armillary Saturn 1788 Antique Print
Science Technology System of Astronomy 1788 Latitude Features: Armillary Sphere, Astronomical Sector, Latitude/Longitude, Saturn's Ring
Antique copperplate engraving by Wilson Lowry (1762-1824) for George Selby Howard's "The New Royal Encyclopedia, and Cyclopaedia; or, Complete Modern and Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences:"
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 23 x 37.5 cm (9.2 x15 inch). 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, moving to London in 1780. He is credited with inventing a device for 'hatching' on plates and was one of the earliest to tackle the hard steel plate engraving, the harder metal required for the increased demand on the printing presses in the 1820's.