Sir Charles Lyell, English geologist, c 1865-1875.

Elliott & Fry

 
Sir Charles Lyell, English geologist, c  1865-1875.
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28cm
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

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Carte de visite photograph by Elliott & Fry of Baker Street, London. Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875) became interested in geology at a young age and had acces to the large library owned by his father, Charles Lyell, an eminent botanist. After attending Oxford University, Lyell started a career as a lawyer, but soon turned to geology. In the 1820s he went on a series of expeditions which laid the foundations of his great work 'Principles of Geology' in 1829. He was a great friend and supporter of Darwin's (1809-1882) and in 1863 published 'The Antiquity of Man', presenting geological evidence of the antiquity of the human species. He was knighted in 1848 and created a baronet in 1864.

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