Advert for William Sugg & Co, gas light
Printer: Riddle & Couchman
Medium: Print on paper
Although many homes in the 1800s still used candles, gas was becoming more widely available, and by the end of the century it had become the most common means of illuminating the home or workplace. There were several types of gas light: from large and sturdy lamps for the table or sideboard, to wall- or ceiling-mounted fixtures. There were even lamps built into pieces of furniture. All of these burners would have needed daily cleaning to ensure that they gave off a smokeless light.