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This painting of Henry Cavendish’s gas balance is part of a series depicting scientific apparatus on display in the Royal Institution’s museum. Cavendish was one of the founders of the Royal Institution in 1799. He was one of the wealthiest men in Britain and well respected as a man of science but very shy and solitary by nature, barely ever speaking in public and communicating with his household staff through written notes.
oil on canvas
20 x 20 cm
gift from Dr Mary Joyce Pickersgill, 2010
The Royal Institution
21 Albermarle Street, London, Greater London W1S 4BS EnglandView venue
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