Wilson and Landcaster Celestial Globe

James Wilson (1763–1855) and Cyrus Landcaster
Date: 1836
Maker / Manufacturer: James Wilson (1763–1855) and Cyrus Landcaster
Medium: Paper, ink, watercolor, maple, paint, brass
Dimensions: 10 3/4 H x 18 W x 18 D
Credit: Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase
Accession Number: 1958.132

This celestial globe is marked by Cyrus Lancaster, James Wilson’s son-in-law. After the death of Wilson’s sons John and Samuel in 1833, Lancaster managed the business. He later married Samuel’s widow, Rebecca.

This updated version of Wilson’s celestial globe provides further detail in the magnitude of stars and in the artwork. A broadside for J. Wilson & Sons dated April 1828 boasts this new edition includes 5,000 stars and “several new constellations, not to be found on any globes.” J. Wilson & Sons updated their globes with the newest discoveries, ensuring they could compete with imported ones.