'The Blesed Effects of Gas Lights ...', London, 1813.
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'The Blesed Effects of Gas Lights or a new method of Lighting as practised in Great Peter Street, London.' Hand-coloured engraving published by S W Fores (50 Piccadilly, London) 10 November 1813. A humorous illustration of a group of men, a chair, floorboards and a dog being thrown upwards by an explosion from a gas pipe. Three men surround the blast exclaiming that gas smells, is poisonous and will kill many. Gas street lighting was introduced and promoted in London by the German entrepreneur Frederick Albert Winsor (d 1830). Prior to this, the streets were lit by oil lamps. In 1807 Winsor lit Pall Mall with gas, establishing the world's first gas company in 1809-1810.