Bust of William Buckland, 1856-1858.
© NMeM / Royal Photographic Society / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph by Roger Fenton, a founding member of the Royal Photographic Society and one of the most influential photographers of the 1850s. He is best known as one of the first war photographers, from his work in the Crimea in 1855. However, he also took many highly-regarded photographs of the Royal Family as well as many superb landscapes, architectural studies and still lifes. In 1853, the British Museum asked Fenton to document parts of their collection as their official photographer. Buckland (1784-1856) was Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, a trustee of the British Museum, Professor of Geology and Mineralogy, Founder of the museum of geology, and the possessor of 'superior intellect'.