A Peep at the Gas Lights in Pall-Mall

Thomas Rowlandson British
After George Murgatroyd Woodward British
Publisher Thomas Tegg British

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Men and women here walk along Pall Mall, amazed at the sight of a new type of lighting. In 1802 coal gas began to be used to light shops and factories. In 1807, a German called Winsor raised £50,000 to brighten Pall Mall in a speculation that failed. Triple flames, called cockspur lights, are seen here flickering infront of an elegant screen of columns that Nash built for the Prince Regent.

A Peep at the Gas Lights in Pall-Mall, Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London), Hand-colored etching

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