'Sir Philip Cunliffe Owen', 1880.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photographic portrait of Sir Francis Philip Cunliffe Owen [1828-1894] taken by Samuel Robert Lock [1822-1881] and George Carpe Whitfield, in 1880. Owen succeeded Sir Henry Cole as Director of the South Kensington Museum in 1873. 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.