Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

Baron Georges Cuvier (1769–1832)

Photo credit: Sir John Soane’s Museum

How you can use this image


This image is available to be shared and re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND).

You can reproduce this image for non-commercial purposes and you are not able to change or modify it in any way.

Wherever you reproduce the image you must attribute the original creators (acknowledge the original artist(s) and the person/organisation that took the photograph of the work) and any other rights holders.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find more images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.



Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

Georges Cuvier was one of the world's greatest naturalists. His pioneering studies, comparing living creatures with fossils, helped to establish the fields of palaeontology and comparative anatomy. He also established 'extinction' as an accepted scientific phenomenon and is known for having opposed early theories of evolution, pre-Darwin, among many other achievements. He worked for most of his career at the Jardin des Plantes (later the National Museum of Natural History) in Paris, where he gave his first series of lectures in 1795. He refused an invitation to become a naturalist on Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt from 1798 to 1801, in order to continue his research there.

Sir John Soane’s Museum






Accession number


Acquisition method

acquired by Sir John Soane, before 1837

Work type


Inscription description

inscribed on front: G. COUVIER; signed on the back: P MERLIEUX 1827


You can help us tag artworks on Tagger. The tags above come from the public, and also from an image recognition project run by the Visual Geometry Group, University of Oxford.

Normally on display at

Sir John Soane’s Museum

13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, Greater London WC2A 3BP England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue