Portrait of Charles Lyell

Maull & Polyblankcirca. 1857

The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

Three quarter length studio portrait of Sir Charles Lyell, seated, holding a book in his left hand. A table is visible behind, covered by a decorative cloth. Lyell is wearing a dark jacket over an embroidered [?] waistcoat and pinstripe trousers.

Arched print, with an oval embossed stamp below: “MAULL & POLYBLANK, 187A PICCADILLY, LONDON.� Signed below in ink: “Cha. Lyell�. Inscribed verso in ink: “Sir Chas Lyell 7161a�.

Sir Charles Lyell was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1826.

Henry Maull (1829-1914) was a British photographer who specialised in portraits of noted individuals. Maull formed several partnerships during his career:

Maull & Polyblank 1856-1865: in partnership with George Henry Polyblank
Maull, Henry & Co 1866-1872
Maull & Co 1873-1878
Maull & Fox 1879-1908: in partnership with John Fox (1832-1907)

The Royal Society holds approximately 600 photographic portraits of Fellows taken at Henry Maull studios between the mid-nineteenth century and the early twentieth century.


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