Sir A.H. Layard.The Whitehall Review. 27th July 1878.
Lithograph. Sheet 345 x 220mm (13½ x 8¾"), with accompanying letterpress biography pasted on reverse. Trimmed close to printed area. Slight foxing.
Sir Austen Henry Layard (1817-94), politician, diplomat and archaeologist. In 1839 he left England to travel overland across Asia to Sri Lanka. He broke off his trip in Constantinople where he met Sir Stratford Canning, the British Ambassador, who encouraged him to focus on archaeology. Layard travelled to Mosul and continued excavations at Kuyunjik (which he identified as the site of Nineveh) and Nimrud before returning to England in 1848. The following year he returned to Constantinople as attaché to the British Embassy and embarked upon his second expedition to Babylon and Mesopotamia. In the 1860s he turned to politics, becoming MP for Aylesbury, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, First Commissioner of Works and Privy Councillor. In 1877 Layard was appointed Ambassador at Constantinople.
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