The Eclipse of the Sun on July 18 in Spain - the eclipse at Aguilar - from a sketch by our special artist, 1860. 'The landscape, or that part of it close to us, was of a dark olive green; the distant portion and hills were of a well-defined purple. The outline of the hills in front, including the opposite rock (known by the name of the Anvil), was perfectly defined, projected as they were on a bright yellow sky, the colour of which was altogether different from the golden tint of sunset, being lighter and whiter, and far more splendid...Above this yellow horizon the clouds appeared more grave, but equally surprising. The heavy cumuli clouds which had been so disastrous to us for the view of the totality were now so splendid that we unconsciously forgot our misfortune. Various shades of purple made their appearance, and they seemed, but for the circumstance of their colour, as clouds of dark and dense smoke projected on the clear sky. Two stars were seen between the interstices of the clouds. The silence of the assembled crowd, their upturned and apparently livid countenances, the darkness, which seemed unnatural - all those circumstances combined during the three eventful moments of total obscurity was a sight never to be forgotten'. From "Illustrated London News", 1860.
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