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Paper: Etienne Leopold Trouvelot (1827-1895), the Artist and Astronomer
Volume: 377, Library and Information Services in Astronomy V: Common Challenges, Uncommon Solutions
Page: 352
Authors: Corbin, B.G.
Abstract: The French-born artist Trouvelot arrived in the United States in 1855. His interest in astronomy began with his observations and sketches of spectacular auroras in the 1870s. This work drew the interest of Harvard College Observatory astronomers and he was invited to join the staff. Using Harvard's 15-inch refractor and other telescopes, Trouvelot made many drawings of celestial objects. He was invited to Washington in 1875 to use the Naval Observatory's 26-inch Equatorial, at that time the world's largest refractor. In 1881 Charles Scribner's & Sons agreed to publish a portfolio with 15 of his best drawings as chromolithographs. He returned to France in 1882 to work with Jules Janssen at the Meudon Observatory. Unfortunately, in the United States, Trouvelot will always be remembered not for his astronomical art but as the person who introduced the gypsy moth into the country.
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