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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), Naturalist, comparative anatomist and palaeontologist

Naturalist; conservator, Hunterian Museum, 1827-56; first Hunterian professor of comparative anatomy, 1836-56; recognized as the first naturalist of his day; superintendent of natural history collection of the British Museum, 1856-83; author of numerous works; received international honours.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.