How you can use this image
All rights reserved.
This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other exceptions to copyright permitted under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised.
For all other types of use please visit the owning collection’s website for more information about permitted uses and licensing.
Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.
Humphry Davy made his name in science experimenting with the effects of different gases before being appointed Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution (Ri), where he began to experiment with electro-chemistry. This was a very new and exciting branch of science, made possible by Alessandro Volta inventing the battery in the 1790s. In total between 1807 and 1814 Davy isolated or identified nine chemical elements including sodium and potassium.
oil on canvas
231.2 x 141 cm
gift from James Young, 1889