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Image of compass construction on paper by Dobbs, London

Geometric Pattern

  • Sheet of paper with hand-painted blue edge
  • and crisp embossed border by Dobbs, London
  • Circa 1820s
  • 178 x 229mm (7¼ x 9in)

This page shows how a complex shape can be created from simpler shapes working only with a compass. A companion piece on the same paper bears the watermark “J Budgen 1821”




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