An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump Poster

An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump Poster

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This poster print features Joseph Wright of Derby's An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump.

A travelling scientist is shown demonstrating the formation of a vacuum by withdrawing air from a flask containing a white cockatoo, though common birds like sparrows would normally have been used.

Air pumps were developed in the 17th century and were relatively familiar by Wright's day. The artist's subject is not scientific invention, but a human drama in a night-time setting.

About this painting

An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, 1768
Oil on canvas, 183 x 244 cm
© Presented by Edward Tyrrell, 1863

This poster displays the artist's name and the National Gallery logo at the bottom.

Product Code 1000136
Artist Joseph Wright 'of Derby'
Dimensions 58 x 74 cm
Material FSC Paper
Painting An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump
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