Profesor Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist, 1870.
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Plate taken from the 'Illustrated London News'. Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), Profesor of Natural History at the University of London, was best known for his lectures on the subject of natural philosophy at the Royal Institution. Huxley was a supporter of Darwin's evolutionary theory, but whereas Darwin's work was greeted with approbation by many, Huxley's simple style of explanation won greater understanding and acceptance among the general public. The portrait was commisioned to celebrate Huxley becoming director of the British Asociation for the Advancement of Science.