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Baron Georges Cuvier (1769–1832)

Photo credit: Sir John Soane’s Museum

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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

London


Date

1827

Medium

plaster

Accession number

M306

Acquisition method

acquired by Sir John Soane, before 1837

Work type

Bust

Inscription description

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


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