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William Buckland

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Buckland's interest in natural history was aroused as a boy exploring the quarries and woods of his native Devon. He was elected a fellow of Oxford University in 1808 and was ordained a priest, continuing to pursue his interest in minerals and geology. Appointed Reader in Mineralogy in 1813 and in Geology in 1818 at Oxford, his lectures were the most popular in the university. He was initially a proponent of flood geology, a creationist theory that assumed the literal truth of the story of Noah's Ark.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    1800–1825

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    75.6 x 62.5 cm

  • Accession number

    1275

  • Acquisition method

    Given by the sitter's daughter, Mrs G. C. Bompas and her husband, 1900

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