Cover of A Short History of Natural Science

Arabella Burton Buckley (1840-1929)1888

The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

Decorative book design featuring a fanciful reaction of the Philadelphia experiment. Benjamin Franklin and his son William draw down lightning using a kite and key: the elder Franklin places his hand near the key to feel the effects of static electricity.

Front cover of the book A short history of natural science by Arabella B. Buckley 4th edition (Edward Stanford, London, 1888).

Arabella Burton Buckley [married name Fisher] (1840-1929) British populariser of science, acted as secretary to Sir Charles Lyell FRS until his death in 1879.


  • Title: Cover of A Short History of Natural Science
  • Creator: Arabella Burton Buckley (1840-1929)
  • Date Created: 1888
  • Location Created: London, United Kingdom
  • Publisher: Edward Stanford
  • Rights: Copyright The Royal Society, 2018
  • External Link: To license this image please visit the Royal Society Picture Library
  • Medium: Paper, Buckram, Ink
  • Scientist: Arabella Buckley (1840-1929), Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
  • Field: Natural Philosophy
  • Catalogue Reference: RCN 30794

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