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The scene depicted here is William Lawrence Bragg (1890–1971) giving the 1961 Christmas Lectures on ‘Electricity’ at the Royal Institution. Bragg is facing the audience, using a glass rod to demonstrate the effect of static electricity generated by the Wimshurst machine, operated by his assistant Bill Coates.
This painting was based on the first lecture of the series. You can see Bragg’s wife and grandchildren in the front row and people sometimes spot themselves in the audience. Cuneo also added his own personal trademark to the work: a tiny mouse on the lecture desk, its whiskers sparking with static.
oil on canvas
H 120 x W 172 cm