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Image number: RS.10867
Credit: © The Royal Society

Gas lights




Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834, German/British), Publisher

Object type

Library reference





height (print): 135mm
width (print): 230mm



Eight figures of decorative gaslights installed at the premises of the R. Ackermann Company, including at 101 The Strand, London, known as the ‘Repository of Arts.’

Plate 4 from A practical treatise on gas-light; exhibiting a summary description of the apparatus and machinery best calculated for illuminating streets, houses, and manufactories by Frederick Accum (London, R Ackermann, 1815).

The accompanying text states that: “PLATES III. IV AND V. exhibit such designs of different kinds of gas-lamps, chandeliers, lustres, candelabras, &c. as are already in use in this Metropolis”. A footnote in the text indicates that: ‘The gas-lamps exhibited in this plate, are employed in the library, counting-house, warehouse, and offices of Mr. Ackerman, and, by whose permission, they are copied on this occasion’.

Inscribed above: “Pl.IV, facing page 119’. Inscribed below: “London, Pub. April 1 1815, at R. Ackermann’s, 101 Strand.”

Friedrich Christian Accum (1769-1838), his name anglicised to Frederick Accum, was a German chemist best-known for his interest in the introduction of gas lighting to London. He was employed briefly at the Royal Institution at the same time as Humphry Davy.

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