This engraving shows Dutch mathematician and physicist Jean Henri van Swinden (1746–1823) demonstrating the generation of electricity to the Felix Meritis Society in Amsterdam. The Felix Meritis Society was founded in the late 18th century to promote the arts and sciences (Felix Meritis translates as "Happiness through Merit").
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Barbiers, Pieter Pietersz., and Jacques Kuyper. “Jean Henri Van Swinden Demonstrating the Generation of Electricity to the Felix Meritis Society.” Laid paper, 1800–1899. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/zg64tm573.
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