About this artwork

This is the photographer's own hand. The picture was included in a book that Nasmyth published, with James Carpenter, called 'The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite'. He was hoping to demonstrate that the surface of the moon had formed as its molten body shrank and gradually cooled and shrivelled, just the way human skin wrinkles with age.

James Nasmyth

James Nasmyth