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The scene depicted here is William Lawrence Bragg (1890–1971) giving the 1961 Christmas Lectures on ‘Electricity’ at the Royal Institution. Bragg is facing the audience, using a glass rod to demonstrate the effect of static electricity generated by the Wimshurst machine, operated by his assistant Bill Coates. The Christmas Lectures are a short series scientific demonstration lectures given by a top scientist to an audience of young people.
oil on canvas
120 x 172 cm