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Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, Baron Humboldt

(1769-1859), German naturalist

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 2 portraits
A pioneer of modern geography, Humboldt studied a vast range of subjects from botany and mineralogy to history and chemistry before he set out in 1799 on a five-year voyage of discovery to the New World, which he described in numerous, lavishly illustrated publications. In 1829 Humboldt, then 60 years old, left again, on a journey across Russia and central Asia at the invitation of the Tsar. He spent the last 25 years of his life writing Cosmos, a 5-volume encyclopaedia in which he developed the unity of all natural and human phenomena.

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Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, Baron Humboldt, by William Brockedon - NPG 2515(38)

Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, Baron Humboldt

by William Brockedon
pencil and chalk, 1823-1849
NPG 2515(38)

Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, Baron Humboldt, by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D22580

Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, Baron Humboldt

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after Thomas Phillips
etching, (1815)
NPG D22580


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