Special Exhibition Label: 'Eccentricity: Unexpected Objects and Irregular Behaviour' (10/5/2011 - 16/10/2011)
Satirical print by Thomas Rowlandson, James Street, Adelphi, London, c.1810
The lecturer is Frederick Accum and the scene is the Surrey Institution, founded in 1807 after the model of the Royal Institution and situated south of the Thames in London. It was dissolved in 1823. Accum was a German chemist resident in London, best known for his work on gaslight and on the adulteration of food. He had previously worked at the Royal Institution under Davy. The rapt listener in the bottom left corner has a pamphlet, 'Accum Lectures', in his pocket.