Mrs Bryan and Her Children

An engraved portrait of Margaret Bryan (fl. 1795-1816), educator and writer on natural philosophy, with her daughters. They are depicted with a telescope, armillary sphere, globe, sextant and dividers. Bryan ran a boarding-school for girls at Blackheath from 1795 to 1806, opened a school in London in 1815, and moved to Margate in 1816, where she also ran a school. Unusually, she included science and mathematics as subjects suitable for girls.

Her books include A Compendious System of Astronomy (1797) (from which this image is taken), Lectures on Natural Philosophy (1806), An Astronomical and Geographical Class Book for Schools (1815). She was able to obtain the approval of the mathematician Charles Hutton (1737–1823), and was a friend of the Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskeleyne (1732–1811). She was the scientific advisor for a 1804 revised version of the board game ‘Science in Sport, or the Pleasures of Astronomy’ (AST1199).

Object Details

ID: ZBA4475
Collection: Fine art
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Nutter, William; Samuel Shelley, Samuel
Date made: 1797
People: Bryan, Margaret
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Primary support: 290 mm x 130 mm

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