Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Observing By HandSketching the Nebulae in the Nineteenth Century$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Omar W. Nasim

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226084374

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226084404.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 25 June 2022

Use And Reception

Use And Reception

Biography of Two Images

(p.83) 2 Use And Reception
Observing By Hand

Omar W. Nasim

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 2 provides a broader cultural, historical, and philosophical context for the work of Lord Rosse and by extension other nebular researchers. By following the public circulation and consumption, reproduction and presentation of two published images of the same object (M51), it is possible to explore how different publics used the images, what was expected of them, and how the images were fashioned or manipulated in order to fit particular purposes, arguments, or visions of the cosmos. Of particular interest is how the published images of the “Great Spiral” operated as the phenomenon to be explained by scientific theory. In light of their proxy status, the images were used to identify the possible mechanics, constitution, and structure of the object in space. At the same time they were also used to critique practices of looking and drawing, and to enlarge the public’s imagination and sometimes horror of the dark infinite. This chapter broadens our perspective of the power of the image of a nebula for Victorian audiences.

Keywords:   William Whewell, John Pringle Nichol, Vincent Van Gogh, Camille Flammarion, Visual Culture, Circulation, Whirlpool Galaxy M51, Art and Science, Engraving

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.