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[William Buckland.] Costume of the Glaciers.
[William Buckland.] Costume of the Glaciers.
Scratched by T. Sopwith.
[n.d., c.1840.]
Etching. 215 x 145mm (8½ x 5¾"). Signed by the sitter, with wide margins. Stuck onto a piece of card.
Fine & rare signed image. A gentle caricature of William Buckland (1784-1856), President of the Royal Geological Society, noted for promoting the glaciation theory of Louis Agassiz against the Biblical Flood theory. It shows Buckland wrapped in layers of warm clothing, carrying a roll 'Maps of Ancient Glaciers' and geological tools. At his feet are specimen rocks, one marked 'Scratched by a glacier Thirty three Thousand Three hundred & Thirty Three Years before the The Creation', the other 'Scratched by a cart on Waterloo Bridge the day before yesterday'. In 1840 Buckland and Agassiz travelled around Scotland and found evidence there of former glaciation.
[Ref: 52933]   £850.00  
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