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    Sale 5808

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    8 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 101

    A george III 12-inch english terrestrial globe

    DUDLEY ADAMS, 1811

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    A george III 12-inch english terrestrial globe
    Dudley Adams, 1811
    made up of 24 engraved half gores and two calottes, the cartouche dedicated To His Most Sacrd MAJESTY GEORGE THE THIRD..., graduated between tropics, ecliptic and equatorial, showing voyages of Cook, Anson and Clerke; engraved merdian ring, paper horizon ring supported on mahogany tripod stand with baluster shaft, cabriole legs united with stretchers supporting original 32-point compass.
    22in. (56cm.) high

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    The youngest child of George Adams senior (1709-1772) by his second marriage, Dudley Adams was apprenticed to his brother George to train as a mathematical instrument maker. On his marriage ten years later, his mother gave him the globe plates and tools that had belonged to his father, and in 1788 he opened his own shop at 53 Charing Cross. In 1794, possibly as a result of supplying 28 inch globes for Lord Macartney's mission to China, he was appointed globemaker to George III, a prestigious post previously held by his father. However, he lived well beyond his means, and his bankruptcy in 1817 ended the Adams instrument business, founded in 1734.

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