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Portrait of John Phillips (1800-1874)

John Phillips

Portrait in oils of John Phillips, by unknown artist, [1874]. (GSL/POR/12).

Provenance: Presented to the Society by Henry Willett, 1875.

Elected a Fellow of the Geological Society on 4 January 1828 (no.718), served on Council between 1853-1862, and as President, 1858-1860. Awarded the Wollaston Medal in 1845.

John Phillips was the nephew of William ‘Strata’ Smith, who had produced the first geological map of a country ever produced. Phillips worked as a museum curator in York before taking university posts in London, Dublin and Oxford, where he succeeded William Buckland and became the University’s second Professor of Geology.

Another portrait image, possibly of John Phillips, can be seen in our painting The British Association at Newcastle.