Charles Messier (June 26, 1730 - April 12, 1817)

[Charles Messier Portrait]

Portrait of Charles Messier, painted by Desportes in March, 1771 when Messier was 40 years old. Charles Messier commented on the back of the portrait, "This portrait is a good likeness, except that I appear younger than I am, and I have been given a better expression than I have."

The image here was created from a photo by Dr. Owen Gingerich.

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