W. & A.K. Johnston. 18 inch Celestial globe. W. & A.K. Johnston. Edinburgh | London. 1879 (actual date). Orb with the heavens in dark blue with gold stars. Constellation figures. Cast iron art nouveau floor stand with three incurvate legs, acanthus leaf style and claw feet enclosing striped glass casters.
This terrestrial and celestial globe supported by a triangular base was commissioned in 1786 by Louis XVI to be used during the geography instructions with his son the Dauphin. It was delivered to Versailles in 1788.
The Cosmosphere consists of a printed terrestrial globe, set inside a revolving glass celestial globe. It was invented by Dr William Muller, a major of the Royal Hanoverian Engineers from Woolwich 1829.