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Sir Lawrence Bragg Giving the 1961 Christmas Lectures in the Royal Institution Theatre

© reproduced with kind permission of the Cuneo estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: The Royal Institution

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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.

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  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    120 x 172 cm

  • Accession number

    RIIC 0621

  • Acquisition method

    commissioned, 1961


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