The Drawing Room
now used as a Board Room

Use your mouse to look around and up and down.

The curved internal corners are an interesting feature of this room. 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: 2014 February 4th