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Sir John Evans 1823-1908

Sir John Evans 1823-1908

Antiquity, Commerce and Natural Science in the Age of Darwin

Edited by Arthur MacGregor


  • Examining aspects of Evans and his life and work over thirteen chapters
  • This volume aims to consolidate and contextualize Evans's considerable achievements
Full Description

The figure of Sir John Evans might stand as an exemplar for so many aspects of Victorian virtue. Having set out on a career in his uncle’s paper-mills as a clerk, he rose by hard work and astute judgment (not to mention advantageous marriage) to direct the company and to exercise influence in the national paper industry. Something of a phenomenon amongst the learned societies in London, he held at times the treasurership of the Royal Society and the presidency of the Numismatic Society, the Geological Society, the Society of Antiquaries and the Egypt Exploration Society. His involvement in all these areas, and in the establishment of important protocols for the communication of research results, are examined here by fourteen specialist authors to form the first ever assessment of Evans’s enduring significance. The result is an easily readable yet scholarly volume illustrated with over sixty plates, that firmly establishes Evans’s place amongst the most significant figures in late Victorian society.

Ashmolean Museum
7th Jan 2009
USA & Canada
6.89 in x 9.88 in
352 Pages
60 b&w
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