Dalibard's lightning experiment, 1752

Dalibard's lightning experiment, 1752

H404/0315 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 30.8MB

Downloadable file size: 5.1MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Dailbard's lightning experiment, 1752. Artwork of French scientist Thomas-Francois Dalibard (1709- 1799) carrying out his lightning experiment on 10 May 1752, at Marly, France. The metal structure pointing upwards is attracting charge from the storm clouds overhead, showing that lightning is the same phenomenon as electricity. This experiment was one of the first to attempt to discover the nature of lightning. The idea for the experiment was from a book by the US scientist Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), who had intended to conduct this experiment with the spire of a church being built in Philadelphia, USA. Dalibard's experiment occurred a few weeks before Franklin, in June 1752, used a kite instead of the spire, but Franklin is usually credited with the discovery of the nature of lightning. Artwork from A Travers l'Electricite (G. Dary, Paris, 1900).

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 10 may 1752, 10/05/1752, 1700s, 1752, 18th century, 1900, 20th century, a travers electricite, adult, artwork, caucasian, crowd, danger, dangerous, de lors, electric, electrical, equipment, europe, european, experiment, experimenting, first, france, french, historical, history, history of science, human, illustration, lightning, lightning rod, male, man, marly, may, physical, physicist, physics, research, researcher, researching, scientist, spectators, storm, surname d, thomas-francois dalibard, thunderstorm, white

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.