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This image depicts a formal lecture to Members of the Royal Institution by James Dewar. The audience includes many famous people from science, industry and politics including Lord Rayleigh, Lord Kelvin and Arthur Balfour, the Prime Minister of the time. While supposedly depicting an actual event, the artist wanted to make sure that he did not leave anyone important out, whether or not they were really there or even alive at the time.
oil on canvas
H 137 x W 244.2 cm
presented by Ludwig Mond and other Members, 1906