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John Flamsteed (1646-1719), The first Royal Astronomer

Sitter in 8 portraits
Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, ws appointed by Charles II in 1675. He also laid the foundation stone for the first astronomical observatory at Greenwich, in the same year. Flamsteed combined his role as astronomer with that of active cleric. His catalogue of 2935 stars, the most comprehensive at that date was published posthumously in 1725. It was extremely useful to navigators when calculating land distances and estimating voyage times.

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D1965

John Flamsteed

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, 1719 or after (1712)
NPG D1965

D31486

John Flamsteed

by George Vertue, after Thomas Gibson
line engraving, 1721
NPG D31486

D33977

John Flamsteed

by George Vertue, after Thomas Gibson
line engraving, 1721 (1712)
NPG D33977

D7653

John Flamsteed

by George Vertue, after Thomas Gibson
line engraving, 1721 (1712)
NPG D7653

D1966

John Flamsteed

by George Dawe, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, published 1805
NPG D1966

D1967

John Flamsteed

by George Dawe, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, published 1805
NPG D1967

D19187

John Flamsteed

by George Vertue, after Thomas Gibson
engraving, 1721 (1712)
NPG D19187