'Richard Owen', 1878.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

'Richard Owen', 1878.

Lock, Samuel Robert

© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society


A photographic portrait of Richard Owen [1804-1892] taken by Samuel Robert Lock [1822-1881] and George Carpe Whitfield, in 1878. Owen, an anatomist, taxonomist and palaeontologist, played a key role in the founding of the Natural History Museum, London. A government advisor and royal family tutor, he increased public awarenes of biology and created the word 'dinosaur'. 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.



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