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Trouvelot and Astronomy

French portrait artist Étienne Léopold Trouvelot turned his attention to celestial objects with these studies – from 1878 to 1880

Frenchman Étienne Léopold Trouvelot (1827–1895) was primarily a portrait artist when he arrived in Massachusetts in 1852. During the following 30 years that he remained in America his amateur passion for science would ensure a legacy that straddles both fame and infamy.
Trouvelot turned his attention to the stars and began illustrating celestial phenomena. His drawings were so good that the Director of Harvard College Observatory put Trouvelot on staff where he gained access to their powerful telescope.


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