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Michael Faraday (1791–1867)

Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Half-length portrait of Michael Faraday looking to the viewer’s right, his left hand and index finger extended, as if in the act of speaking or lecturing. Faraday is dressed in a black jacket and tie, with a white shirt. To the left of the painting as viewed is a glass tube with brass fittings containing electrodes and a spirit burner, intended to represent Faraday’s work on electrolysis.

The Royal Society





oil on canvas


H 91.3 x W 72 cm

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presented by John Peter Gassiot, 1873

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