July 24 1849

24/07/2020 all-day

A lecture was given at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, by Prof Isham Baggs, of the Polytechnic Institute, London, on the ‘Economy and Philosophy of the Electric light’. The electric light was shown by the aid of a powerful voltaic battery.

It was described as “a light of dazzling lustre and surpassing brilliancy, on which no eye can steadily gaze. The figures on the various paintings in the Hall appeared to start from the canvas, and every living face displayed an almost supernatural brilliancy and expression. The gas seemed extinguished amid the new blaze of light.”