Today we’re so used to using the internet to plot routes for us wherever we’re travelling, or if you have no internet available, then there’s always the ‘old fashioned’ paper maps – perish the thought! In the 18th century there pocket sized maps but globes were so ‘in vogue’ that many affluent homes would own a pair – one terrestrial and one celestial.
Reynolds, Joshua; Sir Joseph Banks, Bt; National Portrait Gallery, London
The Georgians, as well as their love of all things pleasurable were also fascinated by new developments in the field of science.
unknown artist; Reynolds Family Group; Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
To depict their interest in a science, many of the paintings of the day would include a globe, usually with the subject in question pointing at a globe or with one strategically placed close by.
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