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Sir James Dewar (1842–1923), Lecturing on Liquid Hydrogen at the Royal Institution, 1904

Photo credit: The Royal Institution

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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.

The Royal Institution





oil on canvas


H 137 x W 244.2 cm

Accession number

RIIC 0050

Acquisition method

presented by Ludwig Mond and other Members, 1906

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21 Albermarle Street, London, Greater London W1S 4BS England

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