Mars efter Lowell's Glober

A manuscript globe, hand painted and lettered, representing in 3-dimensional form the maps of Mars published in the American astronomer Percival Lowell's books, 'Mars and its Canals' (1906) and 'Mars as the Abode of Life' (1908) which developed Camille Flammarion's views. The globe is mounted on a bronze stand. Emmy Ingeborg Brun was a Danish Mars enthusiast who made a small number of globes, many for presentation to particular individuals and institutions. Her inscriptions suggest that she viewed Mars as a potential model for Christian socialist cosmopolitanism on Earth.

There are three inscriptions engraved into the globe's stand. The title - Mars efter Lowell's Glober ca. 1905-1909 - is near the column. On one half of the edge of the base is a quotation frrom the Lord's Prayer - 'Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven'. On the other half of the edge of the base is a contemporary socialist slogan - 'Free Land . Free Trade . Free Men'.

Object Details

ID: ZBA5460
Collection: Charts and maps
Type: Mars globe
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Brun, Emmy Ingeborg
Places: London
Date made: 1909
Exhibition: Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 400 mm x 180 mm x 180 mm

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