The Theory of the Seasons and Signs of the Zodiac

© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

The Theory of the Seasons and Signs of the Zodiac

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Overall size of this product is 40 × 30 cm.
The image area of the print measures 28 × 22 cm.

One of a set of twelve hand-tinted astronomical prints with an explanatory card. These cards were first issued by Reynolds in 1846, although he and other publishers continued to produce them throughout the second half of the 19th century. They responded to a perceived market for popular science products and were intended for informal learning within the home. The main diagram shows the Earth's annual rotation around the Sun, surrounded by a zodiacal scale that gives the names, symbols and images of the signs of the zodiac. The seasons and the positions of the equinoxes and solstices are marked. Text at the corners describes the Zodiac and the Earth, and a longer text at the bottom explains the Phenomena of the Seasons.

Artist: James Reynolds

Date: 1846-1860

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