The Philadelphia experiment

    Date
    1888
    Creator - Organisation
    Edward Stanford, Publisher
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (object): 189mm
    width (object): 122mm
    Subject
    Description
    Decorative book design featuring a fanciful reaction of the Philadelphia experiment. Benjamin Franklin and his son William draw down lightning using a kite and key: the elder Franklin places his hand near the key to feel the effects of static electricity.

    Front cover of the book A short history of natural science by Arabella B. Buckley 4th edition (Edward Stanford, London, 1888).

    The cover decoration illustrates the experiment discussed in chapter 29 of Arabella Buckley’s popular science book.

    Arabella Burton Buckley [married name Fisher] (1840-1929) British populariser of science, acted as secretary to Sir Charles Lyell FRS until his death in 1879.
    Associated place
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    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.11823
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