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Davy made his name in science experimenting with the effects of different gases such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas). At the Royal Institution 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 linen
H 19.9 x W 25.4 cm
gift from Dr Mary Joyce Pickersgill, 2010