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A curtain has been pulled back on van Deuren’s young astronomer to reveal the stargazer looking not at the heavens but at a celestial globe, marked with northern and zodiacal constellations, that he has taken from its stand. A notebook and inkpot sit on his desk awaiting his observations; books of astronomical charts and a quadrant for measuring celestial angles are ready to help him.
A Young Astronomer
Oil on oak
H 15.3 x W 12.7 cm
Salting Bequest, 1910