Caricature of a chemical lecture, London, England, 1802

Made:
1802 in London
publisher:
Hannah Humphrey
artist:
James Gillray

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Print: Scientific Researches! - New Discoveries in Pneumaticks! - or, an Experimental Lecture on the Powers of Air. /
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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]

Coloured etching, `Scientific Researches! - New Discoveries in Pneumaticks! - or, an Experimental Lecture on the Powers of Air' a print by James Gillray (1757-1815). A demonstration involving the breaking of wind! Scene shows a discourse at the Royal Institution; apparatus on bench and in cupboard beyond; audience left to right includes Sir John Cox Hippisley, Dr Garrick, Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829) , Benjamin Thompson (Count Rumford) (1753-1814) and Isaac Disraeli (1766-1848). Published May 23rd 1802 by Hannah Humphrey, St James's Street, London.

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Category:
Art
Object Number:
1982-1517
type:
print, caricatures, prints, scientific experiments, scientific lectures
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Edmunds, A.
status:
Permanent collection

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