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Image number: RS.13014
Credit: ©The Royal Society,

Glass furnace




Michael Faraday (1791-1867, British), Natural philosopher

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height (painting): 288mm
width (painting): 325mm


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Plan and sections of a furnace used to produce glass for optical purposes. The apparatus was constructed at the Royal Institution of Great Britain at Albermarle Street in London, England. Figure 1 (left) shows a section of furnace and flues. Figure 2 (top right) is inscribed in ink: ‘Plan taken at the level of Hearth of Furnace’. Figure 3 (bottom right) is inscribed: ‘Section of Furnace across the centre’.

The illustration is inserted into a manuscript volume headed: ‘Glass Furnace Note book, Royal Institution, Octr. 1827’, in Faraday’s hand. The volume commences: ‘The Builder Mr Ramsay 38 Walbrook has been engaged since Aug 24th in executing a furnace according to a plan and estimate of which is inserted…’

Research into specialised glass manufacture began with the support of the Royal Society’s Optical Glass Committee in 1824. Initially at the Falcon Glass Works of Aplsey Pellat, Faraday’s practical work moved to the Royal Institution’s premises in 1827.

Michael Faraday (1791-1867) British natural philosopher and electrical researcher was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1824.

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