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The Transit of Mercury,
on the 7th of May 1799


"A group of amateur astronomers stand in front of an inn either gazing through telescopes at the painted sign of star, or Mercury, upon which sits an owl, or else carefully scrutinizing its reflection in a bowl of punch, a parson in riding boots draws on his pipe while he studies his glass, his telescope resting in his hat, lower left, an ape drinks from a bottle, lower right, original hand-coloured aquatint, 355 x 250mm., collectors? ink-stamp, E, verso [not in Lugt], [not in BM Satires], 1799."

-Bloomsbury Auctions Limited


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See mercury.htm for more information on the transit of Mercury, including the November 8, 2006, event.

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