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Lightning Conductor Collection

"Benjamin Franklin: The Brilliant Mind Behind the Lightning Conductor" In 1778

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: 1778 Benjamin Franklin scientist

1778 Benjamin Franklin scientist
Benjamin Franklin, scientist, inventor, and US Founding Father (January 17 1706 - April 17 1790). Steel engraving by J. Thompson 1834 with later colouring, after 1778 painting by Duplessis

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)

Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)
After a portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Nicholas Cochin the younger made in 1777. American experimental scientist and statesman

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Neuilly Castle, 1848 (engraving)

Neuilly Castle, 1848 (engraving)
7259557 Neuilly Castle, 1848 (engraving); 10.0x14.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Captions Schloss Neuilly bei Paris and Aus d. Kunstanst. D. Bibliogr. Instit. In Hildbh)

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Portrait of Benjamin Franklin, by Duplessis, Joseph-Siffred (1725-1802)

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin, by Duplessis, Joseph-Siffred (1725-1802)
FIA5409918 Portrait of Benjamin Franklin, by Duplessis, Joseph-Siffred (1725-1802). Oil on canvas, c. 1780. Dimension : 73x59 cm

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Benjamin Franklins experiment using a kite as a lightning conductor (chromolitho)

Benjamin Franklins experiment using a kite as a lightning conductor (chromolitho)
1093302 Benjamin Franklins experiment using a kite as a lightning conductor (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Allegory made during the period of the French revolution illustrating the benefits to

Allegory made during the period of the French revolution illustrating the benefits to
CHT360254 Allegory made during the period of the French revolution illustrating the benefits to mankind of technical and & scientific discoveries (engraving) by Desrais

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Umbrella and Lightning Conductor (engraving)

Umbrella and Lightning Conductor (engraving)
3628896 Umbrella and Lightning Conductor (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Umbrella and Lightning Conductor)

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Benjamin Franklin and the lightning conductor (chromolitho)

Benjamin Franklin and the lightning conductor (chromolitho)
968582 Benjamin Franklin and the lightning conductor (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Benjamin Franklin and the lightning conductor)

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Oak Struck by Lightning, Badger, 1856. 1856. Creator: Alfred Capel-Cure

Oak Struck by Lightning, Badger, 1856. 1856. Creator: Alfred Capel-Cure
Oak Struck by Lightning, Badger, 1856. 1856

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Benjamin Franklin, American scientist and politician, 1782 (1956)

Benjamin Franklin, American scientist and politician, 1782 (1956). Franklin (1706-1790) was a member of the committee which drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Benjamin Franklin, 18th century American scientist, inventor and politician, c1819. Artist: Holl

Benjamin Franklin, 18th century American scientist, inventor and politician, c1819. Artist: Holl
Benjamin Franklin, 18th century American scientist, inventor and politician, c1819. Franklin (1706-1790) was a member of the committee which drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Benjamin Franklin, American scientist, inventor and statesman, late 18th century

Benjamin Franklin, American scientist, inventor and statesman, late 18th century. Franklin (1706-1790) was a member of the committee which drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Benjamin Franklin, American statesman, printer and scientist, 1778

Benjamin Franklin, American statesman, printer and scientist, 1778. Franklin (1706-1790) was a member of the committee which drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Jules Dupuis-Delcourt

Jules Dupuis-Delcourt
Jules Francois Dupuis-Delcourt (1802-1864), French professional balloonist, designer, inventor, and editor of a Paris journal, made his first balloon ascent in 1824

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Prokop Divis, Czech scientist C018 / 7038

Prokop Divis, Czech scientist C018 / 7038
Prokop Divis. 1869 engraving of the Czech priest, scholar, theologian and natural scientist Dom Prokop Divis, O.Praem. Divis, born Vaclav Divisek

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Lightning conductor

Lightning conductor on a school tower. This device protects tall or isolated buildings from lightning strikes by providing an easier path for the current to flow to earth than through the building

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Jacques de Romas

Jacques de Romas
Coloured portrait of Jacques de Romas.In 1750 Romas wrote a dissertation on the physical similarities between lightning and electricity

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Umbrella fitted with lightning conductor

Umbrella fitted with lightning conductor, designed by Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg. He was a French physician, writer, translator and publisher and was a member of the Royal Society of Medicine in Paris

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: Lightning striking St, Marks Tower 1745

Lightning striking St, Marks Tower 1745
On 23 April, 1745 lightning struck St. Marks Tower, Venice causing considerable damage. The tower had previously been struck in 1388, 1417, 1489, 1548

Background imageLightning Conductor Collection: 19th century Electro-magnetic equipment

19th century Electro-magnetic equipment
Technical illustrations of 19th century items of electro-magnetic equipment. There are 16 early electrostatic devices for generation


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"Benjamin Franklin: The Brilliant Mind Behind the Lightning Conductor" In 1778, the renowned scientist Benjamin Franklin forever changed our understanding of electricity with his groundbreaking invention - the lightning conductor. This visionary creation revolutionized the way we protect ourselves from one of nature's most powerful forces. A captivating engraving from 1848 transports us to Neuilly Castle, where Franklin's genius is immortalized. In a portrait by Joseph-Siffred Duplessis, we see a contemplative Franklin, his eyes filled with wisdom and curiosity, and is this very man who dared to challenge nature itself. One cannot help but be captivated by an image depicting Benjamin Franklin conducting his famous experiment using a kite as a lightning conductor. The chromolitho vividly portrays this audacious act that led to monumental discoveries about electricity and its behavior during storms. During the tumultuous period of the French Revolution, an allegory was created illustrating how society could benefit from adopting concepts similar to those found in the lightning conductor. Just as it protects buildings from destructive bolts of lightning, so too can enlightened ideas shield society from chaos and destruction. An intriguing engraving showcases an umbrella alongside a lightning conductor - two symbols of protection against unpredictable elements. This artwork reminds us that just as an umbrella shields us from raindrops, so does a well-designed lightning conductor safeguard structures and lives during thunderstorms. Another striking chromolitho brings forth images of Benjamin Franklin himself standing proudly next to his ingenious creation - the lightning conductor. His unwavering determination and tireless efforts paved the way for modern electrical safety measures that continue to save countless lives today. Nature's raw power is revealed in Alfred Capel-Cure's depiction of an oak tree struck by lightning in 1856. This awe-inspiring image serves as a reminder that without proper precautions like those provided by Franklin's invention, devastation can strike at any moment. Through various artistic renditions spanning centuries, we witness the multifaceted brilliance of Benjamin Franklin.