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1870 Bishop Samuel Wilberforce photograph

1870 Bishop Samuel Wilberforce photograph

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Portait carte de visite photograph of Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Winchester, Lord Bishop of Oxford. By Elliot and Fry of London circa 1870. Samuel Wilberforce, son of William Wilberforce. He was later called 'Soapy Sam' for his habit of wringing his hands while sermoning and debating. He was an eloquent church member with an interest in science. He was a confident of Sir Richard Owen, and in this capacity he stood against T.H. Huxley in the famous 'Oxford Debate' of 1860. Wilberforce died in a fall from his horse in 1873 and Huxley is said to have quipped cruelly in a letter to John Tyndall, "For once, reality and his brain came into contact, and the result was fatal".

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