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Surrey Institution

London Pub. Sept. 1, 1809, at Ackermann's Repository of Arts 101 Strand

Drawing and engraving by Rowlandson & Pugin.
Aquatinted by J. C. Stadler.

Typed description on back: This is one of the 104 magnificent aquatints by Rowlandson and Pugin depicting every phase of the colorful life in London under the Regency, which appeared in the Microcosm of London or London in Miniature, published by Rudolph Ackermann in 1808-1810.
The success of the Royal Institution (see Rowlandson and Pugin plate and Gillray caricature) together with the rapid growth of London south of the Thames led to the establishment in 1808 of a similar project, The Surrey Institution on Blackfriars Road near Blackfriars Bridge. Its object was similar to that of the Royal Institution. The lecture theatre, which seated approximately 500 people, was one of the finest rooms in London. Frederic Accum was professor of chemistry and mineralogy and his lectures, which were begun in November 1808, were well attended. The project was not long successful, however, and was abandoned within a few years.

[Watson #69]

ID: 2009-00077

Creation Sep. 1, 1809

MEDIUM: Paper; FORMAT: Print (color) unframed; QUANTITY: 1

Topics: History of Science

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