Electrostatic machine by Robert Banks, 441 Strand, London, 1801-1820, English
The machine creates static electricity and is likely to have been used in electrotherapy or physiology experiments. Electrotherapy became increasingly popular in England in the second half of the 1700s and in 1767 the Middlesex Hospital became the first hospital to install an electrostatic machine.
Robert Banks, who invented and made this example, was an instrument maker based in London from 1796 to 1834. The Prince of Wales, later George IV, King of England, was among his customers.
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