A lecturer (William Kitchiner?) about to address a lecture on optics with the aid of candles, a telescope and magic …

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A lecturer (William Kitchiner?) about to address a lecture on optics with the aid of candles, a telescope and magic lantern to a seated audience, he is interrupted by a Kentish hop merchant. Coloured etching, 1809, after GM Woodward. Dialogue includes: " Ladies & gentlemen – I have the honour for the first time in this county of Kent to deliver a lecture on optics"; "I humbly ax pardon Sir – but before you proceed furder I rises with all due difference to inform you as how in this here country we do not call them hop sticks but hop poles"; also text on the telescope, 'Spear & Clark College Green'; text on dog's collar, 'Hop mer'; and text in merchant's pocket, 'Tretise on Hops'. The optical instrument makers Richard Spear and Edward Clarke were in partnership at College Green, Dublin, from 1815 to 1817: their names have been added to the print in this Irish copy of an earlier etching published in London by Thomas Tegg. Created 1809?. Projectors. Lectures and lecturing. Dogs. Costume – England (- 19th century). Eyeglasses. Candles and lights – Great Britain (- 19th century). Telescopes – England (- 19th century). Optics. William Kitchiner (1775?-1827). Contributors: G M Woodward (approximately 1760–1809). Work ID: xkt629cn.

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