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William John Burchell

(1781-1863), Explorer and naturalist

Sitter in 3 portraits
Burchell was one of the greatest of the early African explorers and an accomplished naturalist, who amassed vast natural history collections and described many new species. In 1810 he embarked upon his first expedition to the south of Africa, which he documented in a 2-volume work Travels in the interior of southern Africa, which includes numerous illustrations drawn by him on wood or stone. In 1825 Burchell left again on his second, and last, expedition across Brazil.

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William John Burchell, by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after  John Sell Cotman - NPG D7805

William John Burchell

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after John Sell Cotman
etching, (1816)
NPG D7805

William John Burchell, by Thomas Herbert Maguire - NPG D32394

William John Burchell

by Thomas Herbert Maguire
lithograph, 1854
NPG D32394

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William John Burchell

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after John Sell Cotman
etching, (1816)
NPG D6977

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