Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr

By WESTERMAYER, C[onrad], 1808 

Johann Gabriel Doppelmair. Geb. zu Nürnberg 1671. Gest deselbst den 1. December 1750.

Art & Architecture
  • Author: WESTERMAYER, C[onrad]
  • Publication place: [Weimar
  • Publisher: Friedrich Justin Bertuch
  • Publication date: 1808].
  • Physical description: Stipple-engraved portrait.
  • Dimensions: 140 by 90mm. (5.5 by 3.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17740


Among the many portraits engraved for Zach and Bertuch’s Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden’ during the early nineteenth century was one of German mathematician, astronomer and cartographer, Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr (1677–1750). Doppelmayr’s Atlas Coelestis’ was published by his close friend Homann in 1742; it contained 30 plates, 20 of which depicted astronoomical themes and systems, including those of Copernicus and Tycho Brahe. His astronomical contributions resulted in both a lunar crater and a minor planet being named after him. Depicting Doppelmayr in academic robes and a voluminous peruke, the portrait may have been based on an earlier engraving publilshed in Nuremberg in 1727.