New web-exhibition at Museum of the History of Science, Oxford


Moonscope was a special exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford from 24 May – 16 September 2007 and now the web version of it is available – Web Version of Moonscope. It showcased the work of two artists, Rebecca Hind (a local Oxford watercolorist) and John Russell (an 18th century painter/polymath). John Russell was both a royal portrait painter and a keen amateur astronomer, with very good connections – including to Sir William Herschel and Nevil Maskelyne. The Russell material was a selection of pencil drawings made of the moon, his main astronomical interest, and the large 5ft pastel of the moon that normally hangs in the stairwell of the MHS.

The web version has the full complement of watercolors and pencil drawings that were on exhibit in the Old Ashmolean.

PDF version of the Broadsheet that went with this exhibition (John Russell Material)