Mrs. James Green, Nee Mary Byrne A pair of portraits
Mrs. James Green, Nee Mary Byrne A pair of portraits
Mrs. James Green, Nee Mary Byrne A pair of portraits
Mrs. James Green, Nee Mary Byrne A pair of portraits

Mrs. James Green, Nee Mary Byrne A pair of portraits

1732 to 1811 England

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Mrs. James Green, Nee Mary Byrne A pair of portraits of The Rev. Dr. Nevil Maskelyne (1732-1811) and his wife Sophia Rose wearing a portrait miniature of her husband both signed on the obverse, gilt-metal frames the former with blue glass on foil ground the latter with gold initials on plaited hair, in fitted red leather cases

Dimensions: oval, 2 1/8 and 2 3/4 inches high

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The Rev. Dr. Maskelyne was the fifth English Astronomer Royal, an office he held from 1765-1811. He was ordained as a minister in 1755 and became a fellow of Trinity College in 1756. In 1758 he was admitted to the Royal Society and began to develop a method of determing longitude using the position of the moon. By being able to accurately calculate the earth's distance from the sun he was able to establish a better understanding of the scale of the solar system. In 1766 he was elected to the council of the Royal Society and conducted several experiments on its behalf, including one to measure the earth's density for which he won the society's highest award, the Copley Medal, in 1774. Miniatures by Mary are quite rare. She was a good artist who painted with freedom and charm. A large miniature by her of Queen Adelaide is at Windsor.
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2425
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Signed on the obverse.
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