'A Scientific Annual', 1837.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

'A Scientific Annual', 1837.

De La Beche, Henry T (Henry Thomas)

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Coloured etching of a caricature by Henry Thomas De La Beche (1796-1855), showing a gentleman giving an after dinner speech at the 'Omniological Society'. The piece lampoons the scientific societies of the time, as the speaker praises 'the great man' Snooks: 'Gentlemen, were I to unbridle my feelings, and expres to you my high estimate of his superb talents, wonderful discoveries, or terrestrial reputation (applause), I should pain the well known modesty of my illustrious friend, (vehement applause)'. The speaker then lapses into a flowery and meaningles poem.



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