On Good Friday 2020 with most people confined to their homes and with movement and even shopping limited looking to the heavens seems very appropriate. This may, or may not, be the Observatory in Armagh but one thing is certain it is a fine shot(s) of the building with people out to welcome those who might come to visit!
Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton
Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence
Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection
Date: between ca. 1860-1883
NLI Ref: STP_1288
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
It is indeed Armagh, see this Lawrence. Founded in 1789.
Flickr is sometimes amazing! In 2015 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/terrible_volk/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/terrible_volk/16465977082/
And a reverse view c. 1883 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] who has lots of useful information - www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5886214128/ From his album - www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157626470988646
Hard to be certain but the man sitting at the door looks, to me, a lot like John Dreyer, director of Armagh Observatory from 1883 to 1916. alchetron.com/John-Louis-Emil-Dreyer www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/4689779/john-louis-emil-dr...
The Observatory was broke for many years in the STP range but got a 2000 pound grant from the government in 1883- financing this clean up work, perhaps? see this detailed (if rambling) history page
The north face of the Armagh Observatory buildings. On the roof of the main building to the right is the Robinson Cup Anemometer by Munroe. Missing, is the Campbell-Stokes Sunshine recorder to the left. This may provide an end date. Vertical metal box attached to bottom window of the East Tower contained the thermometers. Out of shot are the rain gauges on front lawn. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000337739 PS See this 1883 shot commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Armagh_Observatory_1883... with recorder installed on roof. The Campbell-Stokes device was installed April 1880 dap.ceda.ac.uk/thredds/fileServer/badc/armagh/doc/sun-tex..., so photo is pre 1880.
Great photo. Looks like the ganger waiting impatiently for whoever was mixing cement, to return from their tea break. (And the “hang samwuiches”)
The dome on the left is the 15-inch Equatorial Reflector by Thomas Grubb, of Rathmines
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Could well be Dreyer, as figure in reverse view is reputed to be one of his children
suckindeesel I'd bet my socially distanced Easter egg that it's him.
Agreed! https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/49739882247/via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
has to be 1883 exactly, then?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Dreyer arrived 1882, if that is indeed him in the shot. However, left hand device on roof installed 1880. So, 1880-82/3? If Dreyer in photo, then 1882 PS, I must be getting cabin fever, the above doesn't make much sense If Dreyer et fils then 1882- If no Heath-Robinson sunshine recorder on roof, then pre April 1880. So close but still contradictory. PPS, Could do with a couple more photos over this long weekend to keep sane.
According to the Observatory site linked earlier, the photo showing rear of building is actually dated 1882. It clearly shows the sunshine recorder on roof to right of dome. The site is specific re installation date of April 1880