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Portrait of William Pengelly (1812-1894)

William Pengelly   

Portrait in oils of William Pengelly, by 'A M', 1881. (GSL/POR/11)

Provenance: From executors of Mrs Hester Forbes Julian, née Pengelly, daughter of William Pengelly, 1934.


Elected a Fellow of the Geological Society on 6 February 1850 (no.1576). Awarded the Lyell Fund in 1877 and the Lyell Medal in 1886.

William Pengelly was a noted amateur geologist who lived in Torquay most of his life. He had a particular interest in caves and cave faunas, and was responsible for the excavation of the Brixham Caves.