Halley’s Comet

18 Jul


Halley’s comet at dawn, 1909. Charcoal on board. Published in Harper’s Weekly, May 21, 1910. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. LC-USZ62-128613 ; LC-USZC4-9400 (12)

Historians, scientists, professors, and artists alike were captivated by the predicted appearance of Halley’s comet in 1910. Though the majority of artists recreated an image of the comet in 1910, Green created this charcoal drawing in 1909 at the height of anticipation. In this simple, yet majestic scene, the artist imaginatively captures the essence of the scientific phenomenon that enraptured the public.



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