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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 G.M. Woodward.

Woodward, G. M. approximately 1760-1809.
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[1809?]

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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

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Dublin (20 Chapel Street) : Le Petit, [1809?]

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1 print : etching, with watercolour ; platemark 23.9 x 33.5 cm

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The Kentish hop merchant & the lecturer on optics!! ...

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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 G.M. Woodward. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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