Luke Howard's rain-gauge, by Richard & George Knight, 1818

Made:
1818 in London
designer:
Luke Howard
maker:
Richard & George Knight
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Luke Howard's original rain gauge (bottle and funnel) with
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Luke Howard's original rain gauge (bottle and funnel) with
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Rain gauge designed by Luke Howard and made by Richard & George Knight, 45 Foster Lane, Cheapside, London, c. 1818. The gauge consists of a glass bottle, copper funnel and measuring cylinder.

Details

Category:
Meteorology
Object Number:
1902-86
Materials:
glass, brass (copper, zinc alloy), cork and sealing wax
Measurements:
measuring cylinder: 250 mm 65 mm, .195kg
gauge: 315 mm 145 mm, 1.085kg
type:
rain-gauge
credit:
Mrs. G.G. Graves.

Parts

Rain gauge designed by Luke Howard, c. 1818

Rain gauge designed by Luke Howard, c. 1818

Rain gauge designed by Luke Howard and made by Richard & George Knight, 45 Foster Lane, Cheapside, London, c. 1818. The gauge consists of a glass bottle and copper funnel.


This rain gauge, one of the earliest such instruments for measuring rainfall, was commissioned by chemist and amateur meteorologist Luke Howard in the early 1800s from Richard and George Knight in Foster Lane, London. Howard described the gauge in his book The Climate of London, first published 1818.

This instrument belonged to Howard’s contemporary and fellow meteorologist Edward Joseph Lowe, who described using a gauge ‘of Mr. Luke Howard’s’ in his Treatise on Atmospheric Phenomena (1846).

Materials:
glass , brass (copper, zinc alloy) , cork and sealing wax
Object Number:
1902-86/1
type:
rain-gauge
Glass measuring cylinder from Luke Howard's rain-gauge

Glass measuring cylinder from Luke Howard's rain-gauge

Measuring cylinder, part of the rain gauge designed by Luke Howard and made by Richard & George Knight, 45 Foster Lane, Cheapside, London, c. 1818.


The rain gauge with which this measuring cylinder is associated is one of the earliest such instruments for measuring rainfall. It was commissioned by chemist and amateur meteorologist Luke Howard in the early 1800s from Richard and George Knight in Foster Lane, London. Howard described the gauge in his book The Climate of London, first published 1818.

This cylinder and its gauge belonged to Howard’s contemporary and fellow meteorologist Edward Joseph Lowe, who described using a gauge ‘of Mr. Luke Howard’s’ in his Treatise on Atmospheric Phenomena (1846).

Materials:
glass
Object Number:
1902-86/2
type:
rain-gauge