Lord William Parsons, Irish astronomer

Lord William Parsons, Irish astronomer

H416/0294 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 40.2MB

Downloadable file size: 4.9MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Lord William Parsons, third Earl of Rosse (1800- 1867), Irish astronomer, telescope builder and member of parliament. Originally born in York, England, he was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He was a member of parliament from 1822 until 1834, when he resigned to devote himself to astronomy. His ambition was to build a larger telescope than those of William Herschel. Unfortunately Herschel had left no plans, so it was only after many attempts that he finally built a reflecting telescope, the "Leviathan of Corkstown" with a 183 centimetre (72 inch) mirror. With this he discovered the first spiral galaxy in 1845 and named the Crab Nebula (M1, NGC 1952).

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 3rd, artwork, astronomer, black-and-white, british, corkstown, crab nebula, discover, discovery, earl, first, historical, history, illustration, irish, leviathon, lord, male, man, member of parliament, monochrome, parsons, portraits, rosse, spiral galaxy, surname p, telescope builder, third, william

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.