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Dunn 2 july presentation

  1. 1. Objects, interpretations and narratives A single-object case study Richard Dunn National Maritime Museum, Greenwich 2 July 2010
  2. 2. The object Sextant, signed by Ramsden, London, dated 1792 (National Maritime Museum NAV1140)
  3. 3. Object case and detail of label
  4. 4. Using a sextant
  5. 5. Manufacture and provenance information on the sextant (National Maritime Museum NAV1140)
  6. 6. Thinking about manufacture How the scale was really divided Jesse Ramsden and his dividing engine
  7. 7. Thinking about manufacture The sextant used as evidence for Ramsden’s output
  8. 8. Thinking about ownership John Ommaney (left) and a midshipman (holding an octant, which was cheaper than a sextant)
  9. 9. Thinking about ownership Gillray’s caricature of the Macartney embassy to China, 1792–3. Ommaney served on the voyage. (British Museum)
  10. 10. Thinking about ownership Captain Blackwood (unknown) and Admiral Purey-Cust, who bequeathed the sextant to the NMM
  11. 11. Interpretation One of the displays incorporating sextants at the NMM. This display concerns the invention of the sextant and the lunar-distance method for determining longitude.

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