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