Charles Lyell - Artist unknown

Artist unknown
Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875), [c.1835].
Oil on canvas, 47 x 43 cm.

This fine portrait by an unknown artist depicts the famous geologist Charles Lyell. His controversial book Principles of Geology (1830) represents one of the most important books in the history of science. It laid the foundations for the modern study of geology and influenced the evolutionary therories of Charles Darwin.

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