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Faraday's Voltammeter 2

© the artist. Photo credit: The Royal Institution

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This painting is part of a series depicting scientific apparatus on display in the Royal Institution (Ri)’s museum. It shows one of the voltammeters Michael Faraday used at the Ri during the early 1830s to quantify electricity for the first time. The voltammeter works by electrolysis: using electricity to break a compound down into elements. The electric current is passed through a known amount of a compound for a set amount of time.

The Royal Institution


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    19.6 x 19.9 cm

  • Accession number

    EN 27

  • Acquisition method

    gift from Mr and Mrs John Symons, 2010


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The Royal Institution

21 Albermarle Street, London, Greater London W1S 4BS England

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