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Oil - Joseph Wright of Derby

A Philosopher giving a lecture on the Orrery, in which a lamp is put in the place of the Sun’; an Orrery is a mechanical model showing the movement of planets around the sun, named after Charles Boyle (1676-1731) Earl of Orrery, who supported the design of an early planetarium by the Quaker horologist and instrument maker, George Graham, between 1704 and 1709;