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Royal Institution. Albemarle Street. London Pub. 1st May 1809, at R. 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 Royal Institution, founded in 1799 by Count Rumford for the purpose of "teaching by courses of philosophical lectures and experiments the application of science to the common purposes of life," has exerted an enormous influence upon the develop[ment] of science through the researches of Young, Davy, Faraday, Tyndall, Dewar, Rayleigh, Bragg, and others, that were conducted within its walls. Its public lectures have been equally influential in diffusing a knowledge of science and its methods. It is interesting that within 10 years of its founding, it was playing an important enough role in the life of London to be included among the microcosms and that it still survives and is a vital force in English life.

[Watson #70]

ID: 2009-00075

Creation May. 1, 1809

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

Topics: History of Science

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