Architectural views of the Trevandrum Observatory. The observatory was designed and constructed in 1837 by W. H. Horsley, a lieutenant in the Madras Engineers, under the patronage of Sri Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma (1813–46), Maharaja of the State of Travancore (now Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala, India). Original scale: 1 inch to 15 feet. Plate 3 from Description of an observatory established at Trevandrum by his Highness the Rajah of Travanacore by John Caldecott (Madras, 1837; reprinted London, 1839). Inscribed ‘TREVANDRUM OBSERVATORY…Waterlow & Co. Lith Birchin Lane’. The astronomer John Caldecott (1800–49) was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1840.
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