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The Meteor of Aug 18, 1783, as it appeared from the NE Corner of the Terrace at Windsor Castle...etc

The Meteor of Aug 18, 1783, as it appeared from the NE Corner of the Terrace at Windsor Castle...etc

Engraver: Sandby, Thomas

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1783

Shelfmark: Ktop VII

Item number: 40 ll

Length: 35.3

Width: 52.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of a group of guests or residents observing a meteor from the terrace of Windsor Castle in Berkshire. On 18 August 1783, between 9 and 10 o'clock, an enormous ball of fire was widely sighted across the British Isles. Some contemporaries thought it was lightening but according to letters to the 'Gentleman's Magazine' it was "a very uncommon phenomena; a fiery meteor of very large size". It was noted moving rapidly east to west and leaving a large train of fire behind it.

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