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Sir Humphry Davy, Bt (1778-1829), Natural philosopher

Sitter in 20 portraits
The chemist and inventor Davy is recognised for his groundbreaking work with gases and electrolysis. In 1807 he demonstrated the existence of potassium, sodium and chlorine with a galvanic battery. He also experimented with diamond combustion and invented the miner's safety lamp in 1815. He was rewarded for his contribution to science with a baronetcy (1818) and the presidency of the Royal Society (1820).

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4591

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by Henry Howard
oil on canvas, 1803
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4591

1794

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by John Jackson
watercolour, circa 1820
NPG 1794

1573

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

after Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, (circa 1821)
NPG 1573

1075

Men of Science Living in 1807-8

by Sir John Gilbert, and Frederick John Skill, and William Walker, and Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
pencil and wash, 1858-1862
NPG 1075

1075a

Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8'

by George Zobel, and William Walker
engraving, 1862
NPG 1075a

1273

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by Albert Bruce-Joy
plaster cast of medallion, 1876
NPG 1273

D13036

'Scientific researches! - new discoveries in pneumaticks! - or - an experimental lecture on the powers of air'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 May 1802
NPG D13036

D1731

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by Samuel William Reynolds, after Thomas Phillips
mezzotint
NPG D1731

D1732

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by Samuel William Reynolds, after Thomas Phillips
mezzotint, published 1822 (1821)
NPG D1732

D34825

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by William Henry Worthington, published by Agnew & Zanetti, and published by Rudolph Ackermann, after James Lonsdale
line engraving, published March 1827
NPG D34825

D34826

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by William Henry Worthington, published by Agnew & Zanetti, and published by Rudolph Ackermann, after James Lonsdale
line engraving, published March 1827
NPG D34826

D9103

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by G.R. Newton, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
line engraving, published 1830
NPG D9103

D34823

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by and published by William Walker, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1830 (circa 1820)
NPG D34823

D20065

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by and published by William Walker, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1830 (circa 1820)
NPG D20065

D34824

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by William Henry Worthington, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
line engraving, published 1831
NPG D34824

D1729

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by Charles Turner, after Henry Howard
mezzotint, published 1835
NPG D1729

D1730

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by Charles Turner, after Henry Howard
mezzotint, published 1835
NPG D1730

D20426

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by and after Thomas Phillips
mezzotint, published 1822 (1821)
NPG D20426