Sir Humphrey Davy Bar.tPresident of the Royal Society &c &c &c
Pub.d by T. Phillips March 1822
Mezzotint with large margins, proof; platemark 230 x 165mm (9 x 6½"). Rare.
Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829), chemist and inventor. He is remembered mainly for his discoveries of several alkali and alkaline earth metals, as well as his contributions to the discoveries of the elemental nature of chlorine and iodine. On 31st October 1815 he invented the Davy lamp, which allowed miners to work safely in the presence of flammable gases. Davy's reputation was soon eclipsed by that of his one-time assistant Michael Faraday, but Davy was one of the first professional men of science, with a high position and great fame in his own day. Engraved after the portrait by Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), whose over 700 portraits record the leading personalities of his time
Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; W 68; Wellcome: 772-15.
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