'Jules Verne', 1877.
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A photographic portrait of Jules Verne [1828-1905] taken by Samuel Robert Lock [1822-1881] and George Carpe Whitfield, in 1877. Jules Verne's best known works are 'Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea' - in which he foresaw the invention of the submarine - and 'Around the World in Eighty Days'. Verne, regarded as the founder of modern science fiction, was the last man to be given the Legion of Honour under the Empire of Napoleon III. This Woodburytype is from 'Men of Mark', a series of books featuring prominent men of the time, published between 1876 and 1883. A brief biographical esay by Thompson Cooper accompanies each portrait. The Woodburytype was a photomechanical proces patented in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885). It produced high-quality images used for book illustration and remained popular until about 1900.