William Buckland, geologist, 1823.
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Lithograph by George Rowe showing Buckland (1784-1856) lecturing. He is holding a large bone specimen, with other fosils and skulls on the bench in front of him. Behind are scientific wallcharts and maps. As one of the first to observe the action of glacial ice on rocks, he did much to bring physical and natural science into high repute and contributed to the establishment of an international reputation for Oxford University (where he was a student and later a fellow) in the sciences. His main works were 'Reliquiae Diluvianae' (1823) and 'Geology and Mineralogy Considered with Reference to Natural Theology' (1836). Dimensions: 433mm x 340mm.