12 June 2019
GLOBE OF THE PLANET MARS – BRUN, Emmy Ingeborg (1872–1929) Made from plaster applied to surface of a globe, and the cartography (after Percival Lowell) then painted. Supposed oases and areas of seasonal vegetation named and connected by a series of canals. Supported in graduated half-meridian arc on turned ebonized stand. Title painted to base Mars efter Lowekks Glober 1894-1914.
A rare globe by the female astronomer Emmy Brun, portraying an early theory of life on Mars. One of only twelve recorded examples of the finely painted globes by Brun, a Danish amateur astronomer, this globe takes its cartography from the maps of the red planet published in 1905 by Percival Lowell (1855-1906). With a privately financed observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, Lowell spent many years observing the surface of Mars through his telescope. Due to an unfortunate optical illusion that occurs when observing the Martian surface with a telescope, he “saw” a series of large straight lines criss-crossing the planet. These he interpreted as canals engineered by a Martian race to transport water from the Poles to lands near the Equator—a theory that was widely shot down by the astronomical community but proved very popular with the general public.
210mm diameter (several surface abrasions most of which have been repaired).
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