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.