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Professor Faraday Lecturing at Royal Institution
Photograph of a famous oil painting done by Alexander Blaikeley (1816-1903), ca 1856.
The scene is of Faraday at the lecture table, delivering his "Christmas Lecture," Dec. 27, 1855, the subject being gold and platinum. This was the first of six lectures "On the distinctive properties of the common metals." Seated in the front row, center, are Prince Albert and his sons, the Prince of Wales, age 13, seated to the right of his father, and Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, age 10, seated to Albert's left. Faraday presented lectures for children every year around Christmas (a tradition that continues to this day at the Royal Institution).
Henry Dixon & Son, Ltd, photographers
MEDIUM: Paper; FORMAT: Photograph; LENGTH: 11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in.; QUANTITY: 1
Topics: History of Science
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