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Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt, by Albert Bruce-Joy, 1876 -NPG 1273 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by Albert Bruce-Joy
12 in. x 9 in. (305 mm x 229 mm) oval
NPG 1273

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The Davy Medal was commissioned from Bruce-Joy by the Royal Society and exhibited at the Royal Academy 1876 (1387); it is awarded annually 'for the most important discovery in chemistry anywhere made in Europe or Anglo-America', the first award being in 1877. The medal was partly financed from funds raised from the sale of the service of plate presented to Davy by the coal-owners and bequeathed to the Royal Society for the purpose (T. E. Thorpe, Humphry Davy, Poet and Philosopher, p 235).

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Given by J. Wilcox Edge 1900 and on loan since 1915 to the North Staffordshire College of Technology, Stoke-on-Trent.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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