Sir Humphry Davy, Bt
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Sir Humphry Davy, Bt
by John Jackson
watercolour, circa 1820
8 7/8 in. x 8 in. (225 mm x 203 mm)
Given by the sitter's grandniece and grandnephew, Miss Helen Mary Davy and Sir Humphry Davy Rolleston, Bt, 1917
Artistback to top
- John Jackson (1778-1831), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 231 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Sir Humphrey Davy was a pioneer of electro-chemistry and the inventor of the miner's safety lamp. seen here in the Presidential Chair of the Royal Society. The carved wood frame is likely to be original to the portrait.
Related worksback to top
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 81
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 168
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 148
Events of 1820back to top
Current affairsGeorge III dies at Windsor Castle on 29 January and George IV ascends to the throne.
'Trial of Queen Caroline' in the House of Lords; Parliament drops the Bill which was to legitimise a divorce between Caroline and George IV.
Cato Street Conspiracy to assassinate the cabinet discovered. Arthur Thistlewood and fellow conspirators are hung.
Art and scienceSir Thomas Lawrence becomes President of the Royal Academy.
Astronomical Society is set up by John Herschel and Charles Babbage.
First iron steamship is launched.
InternationalActor, Edmund Kean goes on a successful tour of America after making his name at the Drury Lane Theatre.
Revolutions begin in Spain, Portugal and Naples.
The famous ancient Greek statue of the Venus de Milo is rediscovered on the Island of Melos and purchased by the Louvre in Paris.
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