Charles William Peach, 1800 - 1886. Coastguard; naturalist and geologist
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Charles William Peach, 1800 - 1886. Coastguard; naturalist and geologist 1844
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Charles Peach was a mounted coastguard officer and a distinguished amateur naturalist and geologist. As a coastguard he had plenty of opportunity to study marine life and as a result he discovered new mollusca, sea urchins, starfish, sponges and a spectacular holothurian – or sea cucumber – with twenty tentacles. In 1853 he made an important fossil discovery in limestone on the coast near Durness. Peach had a wide circle of scientific and literary friends, including the famous geological writer Hugh Miller. This calotype is one of the more successful portraits taken by Hill and Adamson at the meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in York, in the autumn of 1844.

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The first effective version of photography, using drawing or writing paper for both the negative and the positive. The paper was sensitised with potassium iodide and silver nitrate, exposed and developed in gallic acid and silver nitrate.

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  • Acc. No. PGP HA 1761
  • Medium Carbon print
  • Size 20.10 x 14.90 cm
  • Credit Elliot Collection, bequeathed 1950