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Trade card of Dudley Adams, instrument maker, 18th century.

Dudley Adams was the son of the famous instrument maker George Adams (1704-1773) and brother of George Adams the Younger (1750-1795). He took over the family business in Fleet Street and in turn became optical and mathematical instrument maker to George III (1738-1820) as well as his post as optician to the Prince of Wales. The advertisement depicts compasses, quadrants, orreries or planetariums, telescopes, globes, thermometers and sun dials. The portrait is of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), widely held to be the greatest pre-telescope observer.

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Inventory No.: 1951-0685
Source No.: 1951-0685

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