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Image number: RS.17679
Credit: ©The Royal Society

The Temple of Serapis

Date

1830

Creator

T Bradley (British), Engraver

Object type

Library reference

15219

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (page): 215mm
width (page): 120mm

Subject

Description

A view of the temple of Serapis, Puzzuoli, as seen from the river bank. A man looks on at the central three columns of the temple. These show angled lines of sediment deposit, suggesting that the ground below the surface of the water has slid and later re-emerged.

Forward facing inscription: 'T. Bradley. Sc.
Present state of the Temple of Serapis at Puzzuoli
London. Published by John Murray. Albemarle St. June. 1830.'

The frontispiece for Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology. Principles was published in three volumes between 1830 and 1833. This is the frontispiece to the first volume. It was selected to illustrate the movement of the Earth's crust, using a human marker to demonstrate the natural changes.

Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875) British geologist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1826.

Related Fellows

Charles Lyell (1797-1875, British), Geologist

Associated place

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