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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 Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1877
NPG Ax17533

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John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1889
NPG Ax5442

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John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

by Herbert Rose Barraud
carbon print, 1889 or before
NPG Ax8704

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John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

by York & Son
lantern slide, 1890s
NPG x3655

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