Title: Portrait of Gideon Algernon Mantell

Creator: Unknown

Description: Painting of Gideon Mantell. He was elected a Member of the Geological Society on 15 May 1818 (no.463). He served on the Society’s Council (1841-1844 and 1847-1852). Originally trained and practiced as a surgeon, Gideon Mantell, or the ‘Wizard of the Weald’, is far better known for his geological and palaeontological discoveries, including the dinosaurs Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus. Two of his most famous publications, ‘The Wonders of Geology’ (1838) and ‘Medals of Creation’ (1844) are depicted in the background of the painting.

Date: c.1845

Format: Oil painting in gilt frame, 80 x 68 cm

Archive reference: GSL/POR/10

Image reference: 01-11

Recommended print size: Up to 16 x 12 inches (40 x 30cm)

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