Coalbrookdale by Night
Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg
Painting, [Coalbrookdale by Night] / by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1801. Oil on canvas; 68x106.7cm, in gilt frame 85.5x124x7cm. Signed and dated br. Exhibited as 'A View of Colebrook Dale by night' at Royal Academy London, 1801 (cat. 54). Featuring night work at the Bedlam furnaces in Madeley Dale (i.e. Coalbrookdale) along the river Severn, Shropshire. Open coke hearths give off vivid flames and smoke. Archetypal image of the Industrial Revolution. Information sheet available
Terence Tenison Cuneo
Painting. [Waterloo Station] / by Terence Cuneo, May 1967. Signed and dated bl. Painted on site in the Science Museum, with the assistance of Anthony Kerr. Perspective view of the concourse of Waterloo Station, London, as seen from the first floor British Rail Southern Region Board Room windows. Includes both steam and diesel locomotives, porters, cars, passengers, indicator board and clock; relatives, artist and politicians of the day amongst the travelling public. General activity any day in the early 1960s
'Over London-by Rail', engraving, London, England, 1872
Wood engraving from 'London: a pilgrimage', by Gustave Dore, 1872. Signed in the block blc: Over London - by Rail. Depicting [East End] tenements, washing in back gardens, chimney pots, railway in distance.
perspective view of a ship model
Willem van de Velde
An anamorphosis painting of a perspective stern view of a ship model / Artist unknown, c.1744-1774. Oil on panel; 43.5 x 52.5 cm in gilded frame, 53.5 x 62 x 4.3 cm. Formerly attributed to 'Van de Velde'. Panel is made from three pieces of wood, the paint overlaid. Painted viewing circle encloses an image of a woman's head. Ship model is of French origin; mounted upon a marbled tabletop. With cylindrical mirror (see 1948-326/2) and anamorphic prints (see 1948-326/3-22).
Distinguished Men of Science
Walker: - Distinguished Men of Science of Great Britain 1807-8. [Proof, with fascimile signatures on paper not as separate strip] in maple frame. Designed by Gilbert and drawn by F. Skill and W. Walker. Engraved by W. Walker and G. Zobel. London, 1862.
Henry Thomas De la
Lithograph, pen: 'Awful Changes'. H.T. de la Beche del. et lith. [c1833]. 25.5x31cm in frame 42x44.5cm. A scientific lecture is in progress, by Professor Ichthyosaurus, exampling a skull of man as a lower order of animals: a geologist's caricature of public scientific lecture on the fossil record and evolution of mankind. Years before Darwin's Origin of species 1859; used as frontispiece to the 1863 edition of Francis Buckland's book, Curiosities of natural history
A cast iron sculpture, 'Iron Baby', Edition AP III/III, by Antony Gormley, England, 1999 (see note).
'Royal Address of Cadwallader ap-Tudor ap-Edwards ap-Vaughan, Water-King of Southwark', print, London, England, 1832
Coloured etching by G[eorge] Cruikshank: Source of the Southwark Water Works, or [headed] Salus Populi Suprema Lex. Published by S. Knight, . 51x32.5cm. Printed on broadsheet with text poem beneath: Royal Address of Cadwallader... water-king of Southwark [John Edwards]. Concern at pollution and threat to public health. In frame 69x44x2cm
Phenomena of Nature: The Ignis Fatuus
Josiah Wood Whymper
Plate 25. 'The Ignis Fatuus' / in the Book, "Phenomena of Nature" [cover title]: 'Thirty plates illustrative of natural phenomena etc. with a short description annexed to each plate' [title page]. - / [illustrations] by Whimper [Josiah Wood Whymper, 1813-1903]; printed by R [Richard] Clay, Bread Street Hill. - London: SPCK etc, 1849. - Engravings, wood, coloured, in bound volume, 35x29x1cm.
Entrance into Manchester across Water Street
Ackermann and Company
Print. Aquatint, coloured. 'Entrance into Manchester across Water Street'. T T Bury. delt; H. Pyall. sculpt. - 'Plate 6' of Views on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. - London, Published Feby 1831 by R Ackermann, 96 Strand. image 19.8x25cm on sheet 23.5x27.5cm. In frame 41x44x2cm
Caricature showing 'The State Doctor' during a cholera epidemic, Europe, c. 1854
Print. lithograph, some col, caricaturing precautions in a cholera epidemic [c1840-1865]. 2. 'The State Doctor' (wearing expensive frock coat amid drugs and large pestles), image 9.5x6cm edged to 11.5x8cm. Framed together with /1, /3, 52x21x2cm
[James Watt and the Steam Engine
Print. Engraving with mezzotint, [James Watt and the Steam Engine]. Engraved by James Scott, 1860, after painting by James Eckford Lander [ie, Lauder]. Trimmed
A steam hammer at work
James Hall Nasmyth
Painting. [A steam hammer at work] / by James Nasmyth (1808-1890), 1871. Oil on board; 40 x 50 cm, in gilt frame 52x62x6cm. Initialled and dated bl, J.N. 1871. This is an apotheosis of the artist-engineer's invention of 1839 as a triumph of civil engineering. Inside a foundry works, the large steam hammer is shaping a massive iron bar before it can be rolled onto a plate. Possibly the sketch exhibited at a Conversazione of the Institution of Civil Engineers on 1871 June 6, item 46, and painted at their request. Steel-making
The Great Exhibition Polka 1851
Lithograph, colour: The Great Exhibition Polka 1851, for the pianoforte, composed and dedicated to HRH Prince Albert by Frank B Tussaud. Printed by Stannard & Dixon, issued by Duff & Hodgson, London . Sheet music cover with picture of Crystal Palace exterior and visitors. 34.5x24cm.
'Dr Syntax and his wife making an experiment in pneumatics', print, London, England, 1820
Aquatint, col. 'Dr Syntax and his Wife Making an experiment in Pneumatics'. Plate  from 'Dr. Syntax in Paris' [W Combe, 1820]. platemark 15x23cm, image 11x19cm. Caricature, scene dancing in drawing room, Nooth? chemical apparatus on lower left. In frame 29.5x35.5x1.5cm
Portrait oil painting of John Arnold and family 1783-1787
Painting. John Arnold and family / Robert Davy, [1783-1787]. Oil on canvas; 106x129cm in gilt frame, unglazed, 124x147x8cm. Group portrait depicting the watch and chronometer maker John Arnold (1736-1799) examining a chronometer, his son John Roger Arnold (1769-1843), active from 1783 as a watchmaker, and his wife Margaret Arnold (1743/4-1789). Robert Davy died in 1793 after being robbed. The portrait of John Arnold was engraved in mezzotint by Susan Esther Reid
Caricature of a chemical lecture, London, England, 1802
Print. Scientific Researches! - New Discoveries in Pneumaticks! - or, an Experimental Lecture on the Powers of Air. / Gillray inv. et fect. - Pubd May 23d 1802 by H. Humphrey St James's Street [London]. Etching, col.; 24.5x34.5cm. in frame 37.5x46.5x1.5cm. Satire on scientific lectures at the Royal Institution, London. The scene is a discourse demonstrating the power of laughing gas; chemical apparatus is on the bench, and a globe and electrical machine are in the room (Repository of models) beyond; Sir JC Hippisley is being experimented upon to produce wind. Rumford (founder of the RI) is standing in the doorway. The lecturer is possibly Thomas Garnett, who lectured at the RI 1799-1801; more probably his successor from July 1801, Thomas Young, who gave thirty lectures between January and May 1802. His assistant, operating the bellows, is Humphry Davy, assistant lecturer from July 1801. Audience includes Dr Garrick, Lord Stanhope, and women [BM9923]
First woman cosmonaut
Poster, translated as the Light of (or Long live) the (World's) first woman (female) Cosmonaut; issued by the Soviet State Publishing House of Decorative/Fine Arts Moscow, 1963. Slogan title in Czech 'At Zije prvni kosmonautka sveta'; imprint in Russian. Featuring design of Vostok-6 and (photograph) HS portrait of Valentina Tereshkova in space helmet. [orbited Earth June 1963]. Lithograph, col. offset, 57 x 85 cm. In frame 67x95x2cm
Painting of Sunspot by James Nasmyth, 1860
Painting, Sunspot, James Nasmyth, 1860. Oil, lampblack and distemper on paper, irregular corners at bottom, 42x45.5cm, backed with Holland linen to edge 43.5x47cm. Scaled: 10000 [over c10inches/25cm ruled]. Sunspot viewed by James Nasmyth through his telescope at Penshurst, and painted with photographic accuracy to show the willowleaf granulation and lightbridge features. Solar willow-leaves, or, an account of the great Spot in the sun, as observed by Mr Nasmyth, in July, 1860. With an illustration from a drawing by Mr. Nasmyth/Josiah Crampton. To left: black disc annotated 'The Earth' to the same scale. James Nasmyth (18080-1890) was a Scotish enginner who built shaping machines invented the first steam hammer, retired to Kent and pursued his interest in astronomy, which included charting sunspots.
Nimbus, or rain cloud
[Cloud modifications] / E Kenyon [Kennion] with Luke Howard. - n.d. [March 1849]. - one of 4 drawings: pen, watercolour, with white; 28x19cm or smaller; [Plate 5] Nimbus, or rain cloud. - Original studies of clouds "from nature" by Luke Howard, with landscapes by "Mr Kenyon". These were lithographed by EM Williams and printed by M&N Hanhart as illustrations for the 3rd edition of Howard's Essay on the Modifications of Clouds, 1865. The explanations of plates prefacing this edition are by "LH, March 1849" who gave "a number of sketches" to Kenyon. Clouds and landscapes of drawings 1 and 3 are closely related to engravings in Rees' Cyclopedia, dated (Science Museum copy) 1810 and 1820, after work by "E. Kennion" or E. Kennyon" ie, Edward Kennion (1744-1809). It is not known whether these watercolours were executed by 1809, by Edward Kennion using cloud sketches made by Luke Howard (1772-1864) during his most active time of cloud sketching and observation; or, whether Howard refers to Kennion's son Charles John (1789-1853), also an accomplished landscape artist, who may have worked with these sketches in 1849 or 180-. The watercolours are not dated, and more than one finished study may have been made by Howard from his sketchbooks, at any time 180- to 1849. nos. 1 and 4 together in frame 51x37.5x2.5cm.
Caricature of an undertaker hoping for cholera, Europe, c. 1854
Print. lithograph, some col, caricaturing precautions in a cholera epidemic [c1840-1865]. 3. 'Hoping for the spread of the cholera' (a gleeful undertaker, in hat, news reports of deaths), image 10x7cm edged to 12x9cm. Framed together with /1, /2, 52x21x2cm
Poster, coloured lithograph, for Magni & C. Vicenza, printed by G Ricordi & C Milano c1900. On two sheets, image 98.5x71cm and text 52x72cm, together overlapping to150x72cm. [for long term preservation each part is conserved and edged, and framed separately]. Image of sower in field, sunburst; artist's name [I or M Beltrame?] br. Text panel advertising supplies and chemicals for agricultural purposes. Image frame, 107.5x78.5x2cm; text frame, 58.7x79.5x2cm.
Cesare Urtis & Co - Forniture Electriche
poster, Cesare Urtis & Co. Turine - Forniture Electriche, by Adolfo Hohenstein, printed by Luigi Simondetti,Torino [Turin] c1900. Night scene, a city illuminated by woman holding electrical apparatus, cascade of wires and lightbulbs. Lithograph, col. 74x 52cm. In frame 80x58.5x2cm
A Manufacturing Town
Laurence Stephen Lowry
Painting, [A Manufacturing Town] by L. S. Lowry, 1922. Oil on panel; 43.2x53.3cm in wood and gilt frame, 64x74.5x7.5cm. Signed and dated, bottom left. Industrial cityscape, of no place in particular but in the spirit of a northern town such as the artist's native Salford: an early work with a dark background, painted before Lowry was encouraged to lighten the sky. The artist combines elements of factory buildings, mine heads, smoking chimneys, busy street life and civic pride.
Phenomena of Nature: The Aurora Borealis
Whimper; Whymper, Josiah Wood; Clay, R.
Plate 2. 'The Aurora Borealis' / in the Book, "Phenomena of Nature" [cover title]: 'Thirty plates illustrative of natural phenomena etc. with a short description annexed to each plate' [title page]. - / [illustrations] by Whimper [Josiah Wood Whymper, 1813-1903]; printed by R [Richard] Clay, Bread Street Hill. - London: SPCK etc, 1849. - Engravings, wood, coloured, in bound volume, 35x29x1cm. -
'The Thames Tunnel' peepshow, c 1851.
A peepshow, entitled, "The Thames Tunnel". in 5 lithographed sections and front, hand coloured, with 2 peepholes in cover, the cover scene of Tunnel staircase with vignettes including Crystal Palace and Parliament buildings; in original box. Published [London] c.1851 or later. Size 18x22cm. extending to 72cm. Showing souvenir stands, gas lamps, musical entertainers
Robert Stephenson, English mechanical and civil engineer, 1859.
"Parian Ware" bust, 15" high, of Robert Stephenson
Caricature showing a publican's dilemma during a cholera epidemic, Europe, c. 1854
Print. lithograph, some col, caricaturing precautions in a cholera epidemic [c1840-1865]. 1. 'Fearing the spread of the cholera' (gin drinkers beware, publican's dilemma), image 10x7cm edged to 12x9cm. Framed with /2 and /3, 52x21x2cm
George Stephenson, English railway engineer, 1859.
"Parian Ware" bust, 15" high, of George Stephenson
Charles Willson Peale
Painting, Robert Fulton (1765-1815), 180-. after Charles Willson Peale (1806/7) Oil on canvas; 77 x 63 cm. Portrait, HS to R.
Operative Society of Bricklayers
Engraving, some colour: [Membership Certificate] Operative Society of Bricklayers. Designed by A.J. Waudby. [c1866-1870?]. The figures Engraved by C.H. Jeens. Engraved by J.H. Le Keux. Printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. Farringdon Road, London EC. Issued Leighton Buzzard branch, March 1887. Platemark 58x45.7cm, sheet 69.5x51cm. Trade Union emblem with figures, inset scenes of gauge work, brick laying, brick making, assorted tools and props. In frame 74.5x56.5x2cm
Near Wellington, Shropshire
Lithograph: Near Wellington, Shropshire. Printed by C Hullmandel [after Francis Nicholson], 1821. Initialled in the stone blc: F.N.1821. Image 22x31cm, vignette on sheet 27.5x38cm. Scene is of colliery site: pit heads, winding gear and engine houses at night, horse drawn wagon. Transformation of the English landscape by buildings and the pollution of the atmosphere. In frame 33x42x2cm
Portrait mezzotint print from engraving of Phelps Thomas and Bartlett John, 1778
Portrait mezzotint print of Phelps Thomas, made by Watson James, Printed & Published March 14th 1778 by Bretherton James No.134 New Bond Street, London, ; 45x31cm., image platemark 35.3x27.8cm., text platemark 7x27.7cm, frame 57.5x42.5x2cm. Image plate cut at bottom, figures placed on globe and regulator, inscription added beneath on separate plate. Pull trimmed to platemarks. Watermark: IHS (similar to Heawood 2997). Phelps stands in observatory at Shirburn Castle, seat of Parker George 2nd Earl Macclesfield, looking through transit telescope. Bartlett, his assistant, perched on observer's chair frame, prepares to record. Foreground, celestial globe; background L, telescope with altazimuth mounting on braced tripod stand; R, astronomical regulator. Phelps Thomas(1694-) began as a stableman for Parker George, President of the Royal Society (1952-1764) and from 1742 became Observer in the Earl's Observatory. He was the first person in England to detect the great comet of 1743. Barlett John (1724-) was originally a shepherd and became the Assistant Observer in the Earl's Observatory
Engraving: Watt's first experiment
Engraving: Watt's first experiment. Marcus Stone ARA pinxt; Herbert Bourne sculpt; published by Appleton & Co, New York . An example of the genre of unashamed romanticism in depicting Watt's 'invention of steam'. overall: 27.5x37.5cm
Sunset and afterglow, Krakatoa, 9 November 1883.
One board with ten mounted sketches, including two entitled 'Normal twilight and afterglow', dated September 8, five entitled 'Sunset and afterglow, Nos. 4 and 5, with rays', dated September 20, and three sketches entitled 'Soon after sunset, No. 3, afterglow', dated September, by William Ascroft, London, England, 1883
'Vaporisateur du Docteur Montazeau', print, Paris, France, 1822-1840
Print. Lithograph, 'Vaporisateur du Docteur Montazeau', by Langlumé (fl.1810-1824). issued [Paris? c1810-24?]. Image 15.1x19.6cm on sheet 22x27cm. Interior scene with young woman seated beside table using a machine powered by foot treadle to bellows and cylinder with its long spout attached to a nose mask to assist her breathing. Inscription below image reads 'Demoiselle agee de 16 ans, atteinte de phthisie pulmonaise, soumise au nouveau traitement du Vaporisateur du Docteur Montazeau'. In frame 29x31x1.5cm
Poster advertising lectures on phrenology, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, 1851
Lectures on phrenology, physiology, etc. April 3-10 1851. On yellow paper, 58x23cm. In frame, 64x28.5x2cm.
'Detraining in England', print, England, 1914-1918
Claude Allin Shepperson
Detraining in England, by Claude Shepperson, 1914-1918, from series 'Tending the wounded'. Crayon lithograph, 38.5x51cm, in gilt and black frame 58x68x3cm. Stretcher bearers beside the train loading the wounded into a four-berth ambulance. No. of set subtitled 'Detraining in England', numbered '19' blc, depicting stretcher bearers beside the train loading the wounded into a four-berth ambulance; image 35x46cm, sheet 38.5x51cm
Phenomena of Nature: The Rainbow
Josiah Wood Whymper
Plate 1. 'The Rainbow' / in the Book "Phenomena of Nature" [cover title]: 'Thirty plates illustrative of natural phenomena etc. with a short description annexed to each plate' [title page]. - / [illustrations] by Whimper [Josiah Wood Whymper, 1813-1903]; printed by R [Richard] Clay, Bread Street Hill. - London: SPCK etc, 1849. - Engravings, wood, coloured, in bound volume, 35x29x1cm.
Cumulostratus forming; fine weather Cirri above
[Cloud modifications] / E Kenyon [Kennion] with Luke Howard. - n.d. [March 1849]. - one of 4 drawings: pen, watercolour, with white; 28x19cm or smaller; [Plate 1] Cumulostratus forming; fine weather cirri above. - Original studies of clouds "from nature" by Luke Howard, with landscapes by "Mr Kenyon". These were lithographed by EM Williams and printed by M&N Hanhart as illustrations for the 3rd edition of Howard's Essay on the Modifications of Clouds, 1865. The explanations of plates prefacing this edition are by "LH, March 1849" who gave "a number of sketches" to Kenyon. Clouds and landscapes of drawings 1 and 3 are closely related to engravings in Rees' Cyclopedia, dated (Science Museum copy) 1810 and 1820, after work by "E. Kennion" or E. Kennyon" ie, Edward Kennion (1744-1809). It is not known whether these watercolours were executed by 1809, by Edward Kennion using cloud sketches made by Luke Howard (1772-1864) during his most active time of cloud sketching and observation; or, whether Howard refers to Kennion's son Charles John (1789-1853), also an accomplished landscape artist, who may have worked with these sketches in 1849 or 180-. The watercolours are not dated, and more than one finished study may have been made by Howard from his sketchbooks, at any time 180- to 1849. nos. 1 and 4 together in frame 51x37.5x2.5cm.
Chromolithograph: Amalgamated Society of Engineers Machinist
Chromolithograph: Amalgamated Society of Engineers Machinists ... by Blades, [188-?] certificate dated 1904
Engraving, trade card of Dudley Adams, 60 Fleet Street London. [c1800]. 39x24.5cm to platemark. Advertising a wide range of optical, philosophical and mathematical instruments, astronomical instruments etc including demonstration pieces; terrestrial globe, air-pump, surveyor's level, forestaff, universal ring dial, protractor, waywiser, astronomical quadranton stand, azimuth compass, drawing instruments in case, Gunter's quadrant, military surveyor's gniometer, nocturnal, horizontal dial, level, backstaff, alidade and plane table, orrery, armillary sphere. Cartouche of patronage by King George III, below; portrait of Tycho Brahe, top (family firm began at TB's Head, 1735; Dudley continued it, 1795-1821). In frame 55x40x1.5cm. (16"x 10 1/2") (Calv. 5).
Theorie elementaire des poulies
Engraving, coloured. [Theory of pulleys] = Theorie elementaire des Poulies.. Noeuds employes dans la Marine et dans l'Industrie. Grave sur acier par Langevin; Impe par Fosset... Maison Basset..., Paris. [1850-1860?]. Book plate [two page spread] illustrating 50 assorted knots, 37 pulleys and 20 other assemblages, with key diagrams. Sheet 55x71.5cm. In frame 72.5x86x3cm
Portrait, photogravure, Svante August Arrhenius (1859-1927) Swedish chemist / Photographische Gesellschaft Berlin, 1910, reproduction of a photograph, c. 1910
The British Nave
Print. Chromolithograph, 'The British Nave', Plate 3 (Proof) of a set of four large prints commemorating the Opening of the Great Exhibition of 1851, [after paintings by Joseph Nash]. Printed and published by Dickinson Brothers, New Bond Street. . Image 54.5x75cm on card 71x88cm. Signed Joseph Nash in ink on lower left edge of image. View of the Western or British Nave looking East, with long panorama of structure and layout of main avenue. In centre above horse's head is dioptric revolving lighthouse reflector mechanism by Chance Brothers & Co; then Seeley fountain; large Ross telescope; Coalbrookdale Dome. Large case on foreground left with model of Liverpool docks, beside cotton and beneath Philosophical and electric displays. Banners hang from balconies with arms of cities of Britain: York is nearest on right. Queen Victoria with Prince Albert and family are being escorted through on tour; guests and visitors stand watching and waiting. In frame, 84x100x2cm
Phenomena of Nature: Volcanoes
Whimper; Whymper, Josiah Wood; Clay, R.
Plate 30. 'Volcanoes' / in the Book, "Phenomena of Nature" [cover title]: 'Thirty plates illustrative of natural phenomena etc. with a short description annexed to each plate' [title page]. - / [illustrations] by Whimper [Josiah Wood Whymper, 1813-1903]; printed by R [Richard] Clay, Bread Street Hill. - London: SPCK etc, 1849. - Engravings, wood, coloured, in bound volume, 35x29x1cm. -
Mr Lunardi's New Balloon
Drawing, pencil, pen and line with sepia wash. Mr. Lunardi's New Balloon ascending with Mr. Biggin and Mrs. Sage from the Royal George Rotunda in St. George's Fields, near London. By I. Cordy, a spectator. . Image 36x24cm. With technical detail of gantry, supplies, large crowd of spectators. In frame 51x37x1.5cm. 29 June 1785
Lithograph of Daniel Spills Ivorideworks by Daniel Greenaway, 1875
Lithograph, one of two copies, col., Daniel Spills Ivoride Works, by Daniel Greenaway, n.d. [1875-?]. Aerial view of Works site bounding from [122-124] High Street Office and Mackintosh Lane up to Homerton Station, North London Railway; terraced housing, factory activities. 31x51.5cm on sheet 39x56cm. In frame 52x72x2cm