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John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

(1834-1913), Banker, scientist, writer and politician; MP for Maidstone and London University

Sitter in 24 portraits
Born into an established banking family, he served as its head from 1865 until his death. He also had a lifelong enthusiasm for natural history, receiving informal instruction from Charles Darwin, a friend and neighbour. Lubbock became a leading scientific writer, furthering Darwin's theory of natural selection in publications including Pre-Historic Times as Illustrated by Ancient Remains and The Origins & Metamorphosis of Insects and British Wild Flowers. Elected Liberal MP for Maidstone, he became famous for the Bank Holiday Bill of 1871, creating four new national holidays in addition to Christmas Day and Good Friday. Equally significant was his statutory protection of ancient monuments.

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John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, by Moritz Klinkicht, supplement to the  Illustrated London News, after  Francis Henry Hart, for  Elliott & Fry - NPG D37474

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

by Moritz Klinkicht, supplement to the Illustrated London News, after Francis Henry Hart, for Elliott & Fry
wood engraving, published 15 February 1890
NPG D37474

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, after Henry Tanworth Wells - NPG D20741

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

after Henry Tanworth Wells
collotype, (1896)
NPG D20741

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, after Henry Tanworth Wells - NPG D9607

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

after Henry Tanworth Wells
collotype, 1896
NPG D9607

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John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax38751

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