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Humphry Davy made his name in science experimenting with the effects of different gases before being appointed Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution (Ri), where 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 canvas
H 231.2 x W 141 cm
gift from James Young, 1889