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Portrait of Gideon Algernon Mantell (1790-1852)

Gideon Mantell   

Portrait in oils of Gideon Algernon Mantell, by unknown artist, c.1845. (GSL/POR/10) 

Elected a Member of the Geological Society on 15 May 1818 (no.463). Served on the Society’s Council (1841-1844 and 1847-1852). Awarded the second Wollaston Medal in 1835.

Although he 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.