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Humphry Davy (1778–1829)

Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Davy is portrayed at three-quarter-length in fashionable Regency dress. He wears a high white stock and white waistcoat with a black jacket and matching overcoat, the latter open to reveal a silk lining. He wears grey trousers with a blue ribbon at the waist and kidskin gloves. The left arm is crooked to the waist, the right rests on a red cloth-lined table, upon which rests a miner’s safety lamp to Davy’s design.

The Royal Society


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    142.4 x 111.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    presented by Lady Jane Davy, 1829


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