Drawing instruments

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probably made in London

Postcard of Drawing instruments.
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Drawing instruments

This set of brass drawing instruments was made around 1740, probably by George Hearne, a scientific instrument maker based in London.

The set includes a brass sector, a rectangular protractor, a set of scales, dividers, compasses, pens and pencil holders and a boxwood rule. The items are contained in a fish-skin-covered case with a velvet-lined interior.

Hearne made large reflecting telescopes, having been instructed by the scientist John Hadley (1682-1744), the astronomer John Bradley (1693-1762) and Samuel Molyneux (1687-1728), who between them revived the reflecting telescope in the 18th century.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-827-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1985.76
Date: Around 1740
c. 1740
What: Drawing instrument
Who: G. Hearne (Possibly the maker)
George Hearne, London (Maker)
Where: England, London
Description: Drawing instruments by George Hearne, London, c. 1740
  • Hambly, Maya, Drawing Instruments 1580-1980. London: 1988, pp 176-7 
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