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An interesting feature of this room are the curved internal corners. These can also be seen in the Director's Study and are an architectural reference to the massive column upon which the original telescope is mounted and around which the spiral staircase to the first floor is constructed.
Starting at the fireplace and proceeding clockwise (left to right) you can see the following (click on a thumbnail for more information);
|Above the fireplace is a portrait by Angelica Kaufmann of the founder of Armagh Observatory, Archbishop Richard Robinson|
|The smaller black and white portrait is of Francis Johnston, architect of the Observatory|
|The piano was donated to the Observatory by the famous astronomer, Ernst Julius Öpik|
|On the piano is the six inch telescope by Short which was made for King George III|
|Also on the piano is a scale model of the "Celestial Sphere" sculpture which is in central Armagh|
|The bookcase contains bound volumes of the journals "Nature" and "The Observatory" from the 19th and 20th centuries|
|On the floor is a Celestial Globe by Newton and Berry|
|On the wall is a spiral arrangement of portraits of former Chairmen of the Board of Governors of the Observatory|
|On the floor is a Celestial Globe by Bardin|
|On the sideboard is an orrery by Gilkerson|
|an equatorial theodolite by Adams|
|and a bust of Archbishop Richard Robinson|
|Above the sideboard is an embroidered representation of the original seal of the Observatory|
|To the left of the fireplace is an astronomical clock by Mudge and Dutton|
|Looking down on the table you can see a selection of antiquarian celestial atlases and some documents from the archives including Robinson's original deed for the Observatory|
See also: Other virtual visits
Last Revised: 2011 June 24th