Lacaille’s Pictor

Lacaille’s depiction of the artist’s easel and palette was first published under the name le Chevalet et la Palette in 1756 on his planisphere of the southern stars; the name was Latinized to Equuleus Pictorius on the second edition in 1763. This illustration comes from a copy of Lacaille’s original map published in the Atlas Céleste of Jean-Baptiste Fortin. 

(Image: Author’s collection)

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Lacaille's depiction of Pictor