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Gillray cartoon

How was Humphry Davy’s research into nitrous oxide represented at the time?

Click on the link below to take a look at this cartoon - a contemporary representation by James Gillray.

Cartoon: New Discoveries in Pneumaticks! or - an Experimental Lecture on the Powers of Air

Move your pointer over the image hot-spots to find out more about Davy’s peers.

  • Can you find Davy in this image?
  • Is this a positive or negative representation of his research?
  • What do you think of the way the audience is portrayed here?

Please share your thoughts by posting a comment.

There will be a quiz on this cartoon in the next step.

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This article is from the free online course:

Humphry Davy: Laughing Gas, Literature, and the Lamp

Lancaster University