James Nasmyth 1808-1890

James Nasmyth, son of artist Alexander Nasmyth, is best known as an engineer through his involvement in the development of the steam hammer. In addition to this, Nasmyth with also a keen artist, photographer and astronomer.

In 1871 he co-wrote The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite featuring several of his lunar photographs. As photography had not yet advanced to a level that made photography of its features possible, Nasmyth's photographs feature detailed plaster casts of the moon's surface that he sculpted after sketching the terrain he viewed through his home-made telescope.