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Geoffroy St Hilaire, c. 1845

Formentin (lithographer)

lithograph on paper (sheet: 27.3 cm x 18.0 cm)

Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772–1844), naturalist, established the principle of ‘unity of composition’. A colleague of Lamarck’s, he expanded and defended the latter’s evolutionary theories, arguing for the underlying unity of the design of organisms, and the possibility of the transmutation of species in time. He amassed evidence for his claims through research in comparative anatomy, paleontology, and embryology. For several decades, Geoffroy played a fiery part in the cross-English Channel debate on the biology and classification of the Australian platypus.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Accession number: 2012.117

Currently not on display

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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