Title: Section of a [gold] mine, north of Orenburg, Russia

Creator: Captain Gramavilof after Benedikt Franz Johann von Hermann

Description: ‘Section of a [gold] mine north of Orenburg by Captain Gramavilof’, copied from Benedikt Franz Johann von Hermann’s collection. The captions are in Russian with some English translations in Greenough’s and William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways’ hand.

William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways, later 4th Earl of Ilchester ( 1795-1865) was an English diplomat, attached to the embassy at St Petersburg between December 1816 to June 1820.

Amongst a series of items on Russian geology which were either drawn or acquired by Strangways when he was attached to the embassy in St Petersburg, and sent to George Bellas Greenough (1778-1855). The labels by Greenough on the reverse indicate that all were copied from the ‘collection of [Benedikt Franz Johann von] Hermann’, another foreign geologist who was based in Russia.

Date: [1809-1820]

Format: Watercolour on paper, mounted on linen

Archive reference: LDGSL/995/6

Image reference: 08-25

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