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Meteorology: the sun in Baffin Bay disperses thick fog in the shape of a semicircle. Coloured etching by P. Fumagalli, 1827, after B. O'Reilly.

  • O'Reilly, Bernard.
Date
1827
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46622i
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A phenomenon observed by Bernard O'Reilly on his expedition in 1817 to Greenland: "A luminous arch appeared this afternoon in opposition to the sun, but destitute of iridescence: the whole interior of this arch was strongly luminous, and objects within its compass partook of that illumination: I thought it worthy of a place among the sketches, as not having been heretofore noticed in any publication within my experience"--O'Reilly, op. cit. p. 196. In the foreground are seals or walruses

Publication/Creation

1827

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour

Lettering

Paolo Fumagalli fece

References note

Bernard O'Reilly, Greenland, the adjacent seas, and the North-west Passage to the Pacific Ocean: illustrated in a voyage to Davis's Strait, during the summer of 1817, London: Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1818
Giulio Ferrario, Il costume antico e moderno, 2.ed., Florence 1826, America vol. 1, pp. 157-159 (the same design engraved by Ricci with lettering "Arco luminoso nella Baia di Baffin. Ricci inc:")

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Bears number: 21

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 46622i

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