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Adam Sedgwick

(1785-1873), Geologist

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 8 portraits
One of the founders of modern geology. In 1818 he was elected to the Woodwardian Professorship of Geology at the University of Cambridge, a post he held for the next fifty-five years. He set out on his first geological excursion in the summer of 1818 and delivered a course of lectures the following year. He quickly amassed a large collection of rocks and fossils, enhancing the Woodwardian's reputation as a geological museum, and proposed the Devonian period of the geological timescale. Charles Darwin was one of his geological students and the two kept up a correspondence while Darwin was aboard the HMS Beagle. However, Sedgwick never accepted the case for evolution made in the Origin of Species.

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Adam Sedgwick, by William Edward Kilburn - NPG x45090

Adam Sedgwick

by William Edward Kilburn
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1862
NPG x45090

Adam Sedgwick, by William Farren - NPG x22397

Adam Sedgwick

by William Farren
albumen carte-de-visite, 1867
NPG x22397

Adam Sedgwick, by Farren Brothers - NPG x47132

Adam Sedgwick

by Farren Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1867
NPG x47132

Adam Sedgwick, by Samuel Cousins, published by  Molteno & Graves, after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D40630

Adam Sedgwick

by Samuel Cousins, published by Molteno & Graves, after Thomas Phillips
mezzotint, published 1 November 1833 (1832)
NPG D40630

Adam Sedgwick, by Samuel Cousins, after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D5929

Adam Sedgwick

by Samuel Cousins, after Thomas Phillips
mezzotint, published 1833
NPG D5929

Adam Sedgwick, by Thomas Herbert Maguire, printed by  M & N Hanhart - NPG D40629

Adam Sedgwick

by Thomas Herbert Maguire, printed by M & N Hanhart
lithograph, 1850
NPG D40629


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