NYPL Point: E.L. Trouvelot's Astronomical Drawings by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations & NYPL

NYPL Point: E.L. Trouvelot's Astronomical Drawings

By The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations & NYPL

  • Release Date: 2012-08-27
  • Genre: Astronomy
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This edition of Point focuses on the astronomical drawings of Étienne Léopold Trouvelot (1827–1895), which are housed in The New York Public Library's Rare Book Division. An artist as well as amateur entomologist and astronomer, Trouvelot produced thousands of scientific illustrations over his lifetime. Charles Scribner’s Sons published 15 of Trouvelot’s drawings of celestial bodies and phenomena in 1881 as The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings Manual. Scribner was able to reproduce the vivid color and detail in each of Trouvelot’s illustrations using chromolithography, an inexpensive method of color printing. The Library has digitized images from that book and included them here, paired with modern-day photography of the same astronomical objects and phenomena captured by NASA and other space agencies. You will also find exclusive videos of NYPL librarians offering their unique perspective and knowledge on Trouvelot: his mind, his background, and his methods. Point Volume 1, Edition 2, E.L. Trouvelot's Astronomical Drawings, was compiled and edited by Laura Rietz.


  • Achingly beautiful

    By The Biggest Lebowski
    I'd never heard of Trouvelot or his astronomical drawings until I chanced upon this app and decided to take a look. It's absolutely fantastic - one of my favourite apps. More than just a collection of images, the videos and accompanying text really provide a full picture of Trouvelot's work. Trouvelot's images may not be 100% accurate, due to artistic license, but they are undoubtedly beautiful, and though I'm desperate to find prints to buy and hang up at home, they're hard to find and expensive, so this app will have to do for now. Highly recommended.