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Scientific Researches!—New Discoveries in Pneumaticks!—or—an Experimental Lecture on the Powers of Air

  • 1802
  • Etched by James Gillray, British
  • Plate: 9.75 x 13.75 in.
    Hand-colored etching on wove paper
  • Not on display
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.148
  • No known copyright restrictions


A young Humphry Davy gleefully works the bellows in this caricature by James Gillray of experiments with laughing gas at the Royal Institution. The lecturer is Thomas Garrett, Davy's predecessor as professor of chemistry. Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, the founder of the Royal Institution, stands at the doorway.


Pubd. May 23, 1802, by H. Humphrey, St. James's Street.

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